2013-12-19 / Obituaries

Robert Rubendall, Jr.

December 16, 2013


Robert Rubendall, Jr. Robert Rubendall, Jr. Robert Rubendall, Jr., 61, of Towanda, PA, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Robert Lee Rubendall, Jr. was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Pottstown, one of six children in the family of Robert, Sr. and Delores (Nolan) Rubendall.

In his earlier years, Bob graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, and later served our country during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Air Force as a radar operator stationed ninety miles north of Gnome, AK.

Seventeen years ago, on Sept. 21, 1996, Bob married the former Caroline (Westra) Pickett in Towanda. He then became a part of Caroline and her family’s lives; becoming a husband, a father and a grandfather all at once. This was probably the biggest shock of Bob’s life, having been a bachelor for 44 years.

He was a bit rough around the edges, a little untried; but God had a plan for him, regardless of his flaws and inexperience. Through the years, he showed his family and friends what perseverance, selflessness, kindness, respect, patience and generosity were all about. Bob was a constant source of encouragement, solidarity and help during times of need.

Bob was an active and faithful member of the New Life Church. He served in many capacities including teaching the Understanding God Class for Adults, playing drums for their worship team and was the church’s undisputed horseshoe champion for three years. An avid sports fan, Bob enjoyed watching football and baseball games. His favorite teams were the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies.

He enjoyed taking on projects at home, tinkering with the farm equipment, making improve-ments, taking care of the fields, and deer hunting. Though he was always busy between working, farming, and teaching at the church; he never missed an opportunity to participate in family events as well. He liked to play music and was an excellent drummer. Bob carried this passion with him to ministry with New Life and pleasure with his friends in “The Old Man Band,” which gathers monthly.

Mr. Rubendall was also a founding member of the ‘Moon Fest,’ which takes place semiannually, and looked forward to it every time it came around. He was always happy to share his insight, experiences, and views with his family, friends, and acquaintances. Bob also had many talents. He was a football player in his high school days and played in several garage bands with his friends during his 20s.

He lived in Michigan for several years, where he worked as a surveyor to open up land for pipelines. After moving back to Pennsylvania, he started his own business, Rubendall Construction, where he worked as a carpenter and electrician for over 40 years.

Bob was mechanically inclined, always fixing one thing or another. He was a highly motivated individual, an energetic go getter who prided himself in his work and reputation. He was an early riser who was not afraid of the work and toil that accompanied each day. Bob was also an accomplished storyteller and loved to relate his experiences with friends and coworkers whenever he could.

In addition to his parents, Robert, Sr. and Delores Rubendall of Schwenksville, he is survived by his wife, Caroline; two stepchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Sheeley of Ulster and Seth Pickett (his fiancée, Maria Padilla) both of Canton; eight stepgrandchildren, Daniel, Jessica, Heather, Logan, Isaac, Madison, Jada and Jacey; three sisters and two brothers, Betsy (Steve) Bernstiel of San Antonio, FL, Mary Ellen (Phil) Schaffer of Wernersville, Bruce (Tracy) Rubendall of Douglasville, Rick (Amy) Rubendall of Blountville, TN, Darlene (John) Gemmell of Wernersville; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends, Joe and Dee Righter of Fassett, Guire and Pat Webb, Brad McClure all of Troy, and Paul and Danette Hamburger of Columbia Cross Roads.

He was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Sarah Pickett Blankenship and dear friend, Nathan Snyder.

Friends are invited to call 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at the New Life Church, 299 McMurray Rd. in Canton Twp. His pastor, Rev. Glen Landis will officiate the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Franklin Center Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Caroline Rubendall c/o New Life Church at 299 McMurray Rd., Canton, PA 17724.

Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr. in Canton is assisting his family with arrangements.

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