Ronald Rubens

Ronald Rubens

Friday, February 19th, 1943 - Saturday, March 14th, 2020
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Ronald Fredric Rubens, 77, of Mattawan, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at his home.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife and sons, Miriam Bat-Ami, Aaron Rubens, and Danny Rubens. He is also survived by his daughters-in-law Sonia Rubens and Corinne Erickson. Finally, there is his beloved granddaughter, Maya Rubens.

Ronald, a tile-setter and dry wall, plaster, and painting man, was a great black-and-white photographer, writer, and drummer. He played the drums in the Army Band and toured with the U.S. Troops in Korea. He gave to his family with his heart and soul. He was a true mensch.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 1PM, at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd., Augusta, MI. If you plan to attend the graveside service please be at Fort Custer National Cemetery by 12:40PM on Wednesday in order to be escorted to the graveside. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at
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    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 Dickman Road
    Augusta, MI 49012
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Ada, Ed and Beau

Posted at 11:23pm
Somewhere, where it is needed in the world, a tree will grow, stronger and taller, year by year, reaching to the sky in memory and honor of him.
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Ada Bird Wolfe

Posted at 11:17pm
It's amazing to me to think that I knew Ron for more than 40 years. He was a wonderful photographer and drummer, a poet and a chef. I remember most his tremendous kindness and his humor. For many years, my son and I visited Mattawan every summer. Each night, Ron made dinner, always accommodating with good humor the varied requests of the diners, trying to meet everyone's needs and desires. Every night after dinner, the family remained at the table, playing board games or just telling stories. Ron was a wonderful storyteller who had lived in many varied situations which figured in his stories. In many ways, he had not had an easy life, especially in his younger years and then again as he aged and was plagued with illness. But he never lost his sense of optimism and dreams for the future. He was a wonderful father whose sons adored him for his kind and loving care of them. He will be missed by all who loved him.

Paul Morehouse

Posted at 09:26pm
March 18, 2020
Reflections of Ron by Paul Morehouse

I am Ron’s cousin. Our mothers were sisters and we shared maternal grandparents. Although we initially came together due to family ties, what bonded us closely, lovingly, dynamically for almost 60 years was not based on familial biology. Before I go further I want to admit publicly that I believe in angels. The common definition of an angel is a celestial being who appears to us and somehow intervenes in our life in a benevolent and meaningful way. I also know that some angels are, in fact, Jewish. That’s because, to me, Ron was an angel. A real angel.

Well, he might not have had the “celestial being” part covered. (He never denied he was from Jersey City.) But that never mattered to me. What was important to me is the way he magically appeared in my life in 1963 when I was 14 years old. Meeting Ron opened an unprecedented, amazingly beautiful portal for me. He presented a picture of life unlike what anyone else presented during my first 14 years of life. A significant part of that picture showed me a path to follow in the world of music.

But Ron’s impact was not limited to the external world. His words – always casual, exploratory, poetically - also opened my heart to new understandings: that to be a human being is to be a creative being. In his early 20’s he was already a photographer, a musician (one amazing jazz drummer!) and a writer. Also, although I don’t have great recall of the many things he mused on (things that simply became part of my own thinking), one thing I do remember is that he was the first person to tell me that “Everyone has a dream they want to follow.”

It was clear to me how these 2 things connected and, miraculously, I began to nurture a self-identity based on the idea that I was intrinsically creative and deserved to utilize that creativity to follow the dream that was growing inside me. I have never let go of that self-identity; it has remained with me over a lifetime. It has influenced, if not in fact driven, every meaningful relationship in my life.
What profound blessings and gifts Ron offered just because that's who he was. To me, what he expressed so matter-of-fact truly reflected the essential, deeper work of humankind. As far as I’m concerned, that in itself earned Ron his “angel” credentials. Thank you, Ron, my cousin, my spirit Brother, my angel, for your uncompromising generosity of Spirit. I will love you always.

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