Donald Ruble, 71

Donald Eugene Ruble, 71, of Belle Center, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Heartland of Bellefontaine.
He was born Jan. 27, 1942, in Belle Center, the son of the late Geraldine (Royer) and Alpha Ruble. On Dec. 31, 1960, he married the former Essie F. Butler, and she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lori (Jim) Clary, of Belle Center, and Donna (Ken) Gilroy, of Waynesfield; a son-in-law, Rod Bair, of Zanesfield; nine grandchildren, Brandon (Holly) Bair, of Belle Center, Cody Dickinson, of Belle Center, Layne (Brian) Smith, of Delaware, Zach Gilroy, of Waynesfield, Zane Gilroy, of Waynesfield, Halie Gilroy, of Waynesfield, Dallas (Stephanie) Clary, of Bellefontaine, Brandon (Megan) Clary, of Bellefontaine, and Dustin (Whitney) Clary, of Bellefontaine; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Judy (John) Pearson, of Kenton; two brothers, John Ruble, of Belle Center, and Bill (Joyce) Ruble, of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Bair; and a brother, Ed Ruble.
Donald retired as a self-employed contractor and had previously worked at Westinghouse for 21 years. He was a member of the Belle Center United Methodist Church. Donald was also very active in local politics, serving on the Belle Center village council for several years and as mayor from 1992 to 2007. He was also a former member of the Richland Township Fire Department.
Services are at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Eichholtz-Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 306 N. Elizabeth St., Belle Center, with the Rev. Jim Burton officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Belle Center.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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