Donald Eugene Ruble, 71, of Belle Center, passed away at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Heartland of Bellefontaine. He was born in Belle Center, Ohio on January 27, 1942 to the late Alpha and Geraldine (Royer) Ruble. On December 31, 1960 he married the former Essie F. Butler and she survives.
He is also survived by 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 and Cody Dickinson, both of Belle Center, Layne (Brian) Smith of Delaware, Ohio, Zach Gilroy, Zane Gilroy and Halie Gilroy, all of Waynesfield, Dallas (Stephanie) Clary, Brandon (Megan) Clary and Dustin (Whitney) Clary, all 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 Dept.
Rev. Jim Burton will officiate a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 18, 2013 at the Eichholtz-Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 306 N. Elizabeth Street, Belle Center. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 17th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Belle Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Eichholtz-Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Belle Center.
Condolences may be expressed at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.