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David Harold Ruby, 77, of Mankato entered into eternal life Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Mankato with Fr. Tim Reker officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Mayo Hospice, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church or V. I. N. E.
David was born February 8, 1940 in St. Paul, MN to Harold and Margaret "Peg" (Beutel) Ruby. He graduated in 1959 from Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, IA and attended college in Minneapolis. He married Mary Helen Humphrey in 1968, they later divorced. He married Shirley Pongratz on June 9, 1982 in Mankato. He served in the Army Reserves from 1957-1963 and then worked in the telephone business for 35 years. David had a very strong faith and loved going to church. He enjoyed playing golf, bird watching, repairing things, playing cards, bike riding, walking, curling and going to the YMCA or VINE. He volunteered his time with the Skyline Fire Dept., as a councilman, and later served as Mayor of Skyline. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, YMCA and VINE.
David is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Jason (Christine) Ruby, Shakopee, MN; daughter, Virginia "Ginger" (Tom) Leiferman, Madison Lake, MN; grandchildren, Ryan and Jack Leiferman,; brothers John Ruby, Bloomington, IL, Tom (Carol) Ruby, Fond du Lac, WI, Paul (Stephanie) Ruby, Monroe, GA, Bernard Ruby, Virginia Beach, VA; sisters, Margaret (Denny) Stinn, Fort Collins, CO, Jane Boyce, Des Moines, IA; Shirley's children, Holly (Kevin) Nevills, Troy (Yvonne) Pongratz, Wendy (Dave Kurtz) Pongratz; grandchildren, Sophia Nevills and Kai Pongratz. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Mike Ruby; sisters, Mary Kuster and Ann Winkelhake.
Published on December 21, 2017
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