Lawrence W. “Larry” Ruben, 67, of Buffalo City, Wis., died Monday, February 11, 2013, at Winona Health. He was born August 23, 1945, in Galesville, Wis., to Walter and Violet (Krause) Ruben and they have preceded him in death.
Larry was baptized at the Federated Church in Trempealeau, Wis., and confirmed at Hope United Church of Christ, Cochrane, Wis. On May 18, 1968, he married Sandra Deck at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Waumandee, Wis., and this May, they would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
Larry graduated from Cochrane-Fountain City High School in 1963. He then graduated from UW-Madison Farm Short Course and from Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio. Larry had many jobs over the years, including Gifford Feed Service, Benusa Feed Service, Warner-Swasey (Badger Construction) and Schultz Well Drilling. He then fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning his own farm for 18 years before working as a welder for Joe Mrozek and then retiring from Benchmark Electronics. He was happiest when helping out on someone’s farm since he was a farmer at heart.
He is a past member of the Cochrane Belvidere Volunteer Fire Department, served on the C-FC School Board and is a current member of the C-FC FFA Alumni and the Fountain City Farm Fest Lions, where he proudly displayed his Farmall H tractor and demonstrated corn binding and shredding.
He followed in his father’s footsteps with his love and talent of woodworking and farming, he enjoyed deer hunting in his younger years, was a great dancer who loved country music, had an impressive tractor collection and loved all things Farmall and he was a hard-working man who truly loved his family and enjoyed every minute with them.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Sandy; daughter, Kristine (Robert) Baures; son, Thomas, both of Fountain City; granddaughter, Taylor Kristine Baures who was his pride and joy; sister, Marcia, (Fred) Wagner, Ellendale, ND; brother-in-law, Robert Deck, Waumandee, Wis.; aunts: Ferne Sommers, Trempealeau, Wis., Alita Krause, Winona, Belva Ruben, Fountain City, and Edith Palmer, Wautoma, Wis.; uncles: William (Shirley) Krause Sr. and LeRoy Schaffner both of Fountain City; nieces: Beth (Jacob) Carlson, Jennifer (Jim) Knutson, Jill (Alex) Rockwell; nephews: Mark (Val) Wagner, Bryan (Lynita) Wagner; 10 great-nieces and nephews; numerous cousins and great friends that meant so much to him.
Services to remember Larry will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fountain City, Wis., with Rev. Greg Ferriss officiating. Interment will be at Bohri Valley Cemetery, rural Fountain City, Wis.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, at St. John’s United Church of Christ and Saturday beginning at 9:30 at the church.
Casket bearers will be Ralph Ruben Jr., Bill Krause Jr., Allen Dittrich, Mark Jungerberg, Roger Bollinger and Mike Patzner.
Honorary casket bearers will be: Fred Wagner, Mark Wagner, Bryan Wagner, Jacob Carlson, Bob Baures, Bob Deck, Jim Knutson, Alex Rockwell, Howard Misch, and Jerry Baures.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.
Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fountain City, Wis.