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Mr. John D. Rubin

August 29, 1925 ~ November 23, 2021 (age 96)


Mr. John D. Rubin, 96, passed away at 1:30 pm Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at The Lund Home Hospice of the Valley in Gilbert, Arizona.

John was born August 29, 1925, in Ravinia, South Dakota the son of Frank G. and Mary (Vurm) Rubin who came from Czechoslovakia in the late 1800’s. He married Bonnie J. Nelson on March 26, 1951, in Vermillion, South Dakota while attending the University of South Dakota. She preceded him in death November 26, 2011.

John is survived by his children, Brian J. Rubin (Alice) of Galesburg, David E. (Kathy) Rubin of Maricopa, Arizona, Brenda Haynes (Paul Umscheid) of Payson, Arizona, and Nancy (Dennis) Harrison of Flagstaff, Arizona; seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brother, Frank, Laddie, and Joseph Rubin and sisters, Mary, Francis, Tillie, Annie.

John graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1943 and the University of South Dakota in 1950. He served in the US Navy during WWII for three years from 1943-1946 on the aircraft carrier USS Munda.

John worked as a store manager for Gambles for over 30 years in Fremont, Nebraska, Clay Center, Kansas, Leavenworth, Kansas, Spencer, Iowa and Galesburg, Illinois and later at Carl Sandburg College as the grant manager, retiring in 1990. John was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. John was an active volunteer in Galesburg schools, tutoring students with reading.  He was an avid golfer for more than 40 years at Bunker Links Golf Course. He was a very kind, hardworking, generous person as he made donations to over 50 organizations yearly as well as his Methodist Church.

The past 7 years he lived with his son, Dave and Kathy, his daughter-in-law in Maricopa, Arizona. Where he liked going to the gym 5 to 6 days a week and the local Methodist church on Sundays. He also enjoyed sitting on the patio watching the birds that he liked to feed every day. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. You’re with mom now! Peace to both of you!

Private family services are scheduled at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Rites by the Knox County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at

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