Cliff Ruble, 1931-2015

Published 9:00 am Sunday, December 13, 2015

On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, the world lost an amazing man, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Clifford “Norman” Ruble, 84, born March 31, 1931, passed away of natural causes while staying with his wife of 60 years at Riverside Health Care Center.

Cliff Ruble

Cliff Ruble

Cliff was born to Clifford and Dagmar Ruble in Albert Lea. While growing up on the dairy farm, he learned strong work ethic. He graduated from Albert Lea High School on June 6, 1949. He enlisted in the Navy and was honorable discharged. Cliff was proud to be a Navy chief of 22 years and worked hard serving his country. Cliff married Joyce Ann Brand on March 20, 1955, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hollandale. While he was serving in the Navy, he traveled all over the Pacific Ocean while the family lived mainly in San Diego, California. Cliff, Joyce and family moved to Bonner, Montana, in January 1971. While there he worked for Champion Lumber Co., Bonner. He officially retired in 1986 to enjoy Montana living to the fullest. Cliff and Joyce lived up the Blackfoot on Rainbow Bend for 34 years, before moving into Missoula, Montana, in 2005.

Cliff will be remembered for his many passions. Snowmobiling, bowling, hunting, family game time, fishing on the Blackfoot River, gardening, woodworking, playing pinochle and cribbage were activities Cliff enjoyed most. Cliff and Joyce were actively involved with Snow-goers and Drift-riders snowmobile clubs, Missoula Cribbage Club and Pinochle clubs at the senior citizen community centers in both Missoula and Seeley Lake, Montana. They also enjoyed participating in two bowling leagues at Westside Lanes.

Cliff Ruble

Cliff Ruble

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Up until the last few days of his life, he was still playing family members in the game of cribbage and winning. He shared cribbage with many and taught family members as young as his great-grandson, now 11. He frequently attended basketball and baseball events, along with school concerts and recitals for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He took pride in his family and wanted the very best for them. He often would call just to check-in to see how they were doing.

Cliff is survived by his sister, Phyllis “Fifi” Hendrickson, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his daughter, Dee Ann (Herb) Ellis, of Choteau, Montana; son, Clifford Allen Ruble, of Missoula; son, Daniel (Susan) Ruble, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren Brodie (Erin) Ellis of Missoula, Corinne Ellis of Seattle, Wyatt Ellis of Payson, Arizona, Bonnie, Matthew and Christopher Ruble of Cedar Rapids; great-grandchildren Hayden and Natalie Ellis of Missoula; sister-in-law, Janice Ruble, of Albert Lea; sister and brother-in-law Janice (Brand) and Keith Klinksiek of Elmore; brothers-in-law Warren VanRiper of Albert Lea and Darwin Knudtson of Geneseo, Illinois; many nieces and nephews; and a host of longtime friends.

His wife, Joyce Ruble, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother Clifford and Dagmar; brothers Glen (Maureen), Elton and David Ruble; in-laws Theodore and Margaret Brand; brothers-in-law George “Bud” Hendrickson and Teddy Brand; sisters-in-law Elgene VanRiper and Rita Knudtson; and nephew, David Knudtson.

A service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Clifford Ruble are preferred to American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, MT 59801.