After 92 gracious years dedicated to his beloved family and friends, who loved and appreciated him dearly in return, Rueben was called home to the Lord at sunset on Monday, July 22, 2019.
Rueben was born on March 23rd, 1927 in Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Canada to Rudolph and Annie Ruttkay. He left poverty in Saskatchewan and began traveling the world at the young age of 15 as a voluntary enlistee in the Merchant Marines during World War II and began his life-long career sailing the world as a professional seaman. Through his younger years, he was devoted to his career, selflessly supporting his mother and maintaining close relationships with his family, especially his adored nieces and nephews. His later years were dedicated to raising his daughter and also aiding his stepdaughter at any opportunity. In his last decades, he reveled in his 3 wonderful grandchildren and his beloved cat, Cleo. He made friends wherever he went and was known by his generosity, kindness, laughter, and unwavering commitment to pulling off the perfect practical joke.
Rueben, our treasured father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, teacher, gentle giant, wool-puller, proud patriot, veteran, and hero of the Allied forces & his little girl, has gone on to join siblings preceding him including Ruth (Clem), Ella, Olga, Rudy, Henry, Jim and countless special friends around the world. He is survived by his siblings, Robert and Janette, and his daughter Donna Thi and her husband Mike, stepdaughter Mai Anh and her husband Toby, as well as his grandchildren Angelina, Maddie and Jace.
A private Celebration of Life event will be held, in lieu of funeral services as he requested.
For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army, the organization that helped Rueben’s family survive the Great Depression. (SalvationArmyUSA.org)