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  • Richard (Dick) C. Rubison

  • Richard (Dick) C. Rubison of Carthage, Mo. passed away Monday morning June 25, 2012 after a long illness.


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  • Richard (Dick) C. Rubison of Carthage, Mo. passed away Monday morning June 25, 2012 after a long illness.
    He was 88 years old. Dick was married to Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison, she survives.
    Dick was born June 17, 1924 in Hannibal, Mo.  His parents were Howard C. and Mary Elizabeth (Marie) Middendorf.  Dick had one younger brother, Howard Joseph (Tena) Rubison, who died in 1991.  The Rubison family moved to Quincy, Ill, when Dick was 13 and his parents established the H.C. Rubison Sweet Shop at 7th & Main Streets, in Quincy.  Dick attended Notre Dame High School and Quincy College.  After completing his bachelor’s degree, Dick married Mary Catherine Lenane on November 9, 1946.  They were members of St. Francis Solanus Parish. They have two children, Richard Michael (Mike) of Lake Bluff, Ill. and Mary Lynne (Dave) Bordewick of Glen Ellyn, Ill.   There are six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. While in Quincy, Dick taught chemistry at Quincy College, was Director of the Metallurgical Laboratory at Gardner Denver and then became Personnel Director of Motorola. Dick accepted a transfer with Motorola to the Webb City facility in 1974 and they made their home in Joplin, Mo.  After Dick’s wife Mary Catherine died in 1981, he remained in the Joplin area.
    On Sept. 15, 1984, he married Birdie Belle Stephens Garoutte.  Dick has one step-daughter, Glenna (Bruce) Watkins of Joplin; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons.  Dick and Birdie were married for thirteen years until her death in 1997.  During this time, Dick retired from his work at Motorola after 20 years of service.
    Dick met Ruth at the Joplin Historical Society House of Lords Celebration at the Holiday Inn June 1998. They were introduced by Pedro & Alice Pantajoa. That began a five-year courtship and happy times with the couple’s many friends. Dick was united in marriage to Ruth Irene Kolpin on June 14, 2003, she survives.  Other survivors are two stepsons, A. Dean Petersen of Nixa and Ronald (Louise) Petersen, Sr. of Carthage, 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
    Throughout his life, Dick was an active member of numerous service, community, and volunteer associations and was granted many awards for his faithful service to his community.  Some of his longest associations were with The American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International and the catholic parishes in each city where he lived.  
    Quincy, Ill. associations and awards:
    St. Francis Parish Council
    Trustee and President of the Parish Board at St. Francis Parish
    Member and Past President of Holy Name Society
    President of the St. Vincent DePaul Society
    President and Member of the Board of Directors, Catholic Charities
    Member of Diocesan Board of Education, Springfield, Illinois Diocese
    President of Christian Brothers High School and Notre Dame High School Parents Clubs
    Member of the Mart Heinen Club, Quincy College
    Page 2 of 3 - Chairman of Quincy Transit Commission of the City of Quincy
    Advisor and Board Member of Quincy Junior Achievement
    Member of American Management Association
    Member of the American Society for Quality Control
    Board Member of Quincy Heart Association         
    American Red Cross First Aid Instructor
    President of United Community Services of Adams County - Quincy - 1975
    Voice of Motorola Citation of Merit Award - Master Reporter - 1971
    National Management Association - Junior Achievement Advisor Team Award - 1967
    Joplin and Carthage, Mo., awards and associations:
    Southwest Missouri Chapter American Red Cross
        Chapter Chairman Award - 1994 - 1998 - 1999 – 2000
    Western Jasper County Chapter American Red Cross Chairman Award - 1993
    Board Member American Red Cross Ozark Regional Blood Services Springfield, Mo for 8 years
    American Red Cross Distinguished Volunteer Service Award 1994
    The Freeman Foundation Quality in Medicine Award - 2000
    Southwest Missouri Chapter American Red Cross - 30 years of Service Award - 1995
    St. John Medical Center Foundation Board Member 6 years
    Committee and Cast Member of Blast From the Past
    St. John Medical Center - Progress of Healthcare Award - 1994
    Century Member Award - Boy Scouts of America-1995 Served on the Board for 15 years
    Rotary Club member since 1985, Served as President 1992/1993
    Rotary Club coordinator and Rotary Host Chair
    Rotary International - Service Above Self Award - 1994
    Rotary Foundation of Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellow Award
    Rotary Certificate of Honorary Membership - 1997
    Mercy Regional Health Foundation Award - 1992
    Southwestern Bell Telephone Senior Volunteer Award – 1991
    President of the Joplin Workshop, Inc. Board of Directors – 1987 - Board member for 15 years
    Personnel Professional Award -19 years of devoted service to the employees of Motorola - 1985
    Motorola Recreation Committee - 17 years of Faithful Service Award - 1983
    Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador beginning in 1983 thru 2002
    Chairman of Ozark Public Television Winefeast for several years
    Member of Sacred Heart Church, Webb City since 1974
    Member of Board of Directors of Sacred Heart Parish - 5 years
    Chairman for Turkey Feast at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for several years
    Member of Choir, Eucharistic Minister and Trustee for Sacred Heart Parish
    Dick enjoyed people, music, whistling, dancing, golfing, fishing, playing cards, and volunteering. A distinguishing trademark was his laugh and his love of God, family, friends and life.
    Prayer services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, with Father Bill Hodgson at Ulmer Funeral Home Carthage, Mo., visitation to follow.
    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 29,2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City at 10:30 a.m.
    Page 3 of 3 - Eulogy will be given by Dr. Mitch Stinnett.
    Pallbearers            Honorary Pallbearers
    Ronald Petersen, Jr.        Dr. Mitch Stinnett
    John Motazedi        Dan L. Stanley
    Darren Miller            Hans Ytell
    Chaz Miller            Dr. Ned Chase
    Brad Anderson        Dean Burpo
    Barry Moehring        Chuck Brown
    Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus Joplin, Mo. or St. Ann’s Church Carthage, or Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City, in care of Ulmer’s Funeral Home.
    Online condolences can be made at www.ulmerfh.com Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
    Interment will be in Quincy, Ill, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, there will be a grave side service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, arrangements are being handled through Duker & Haugh Funeral Home of Quincy.
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