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Marvin J. Ruby

Oct 27, 2017

July 31, 1930 - October 24, 2017


Marvin J. Ruby, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at his residence.


A funeral procession will form at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, to proceed for a graveside funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. The Reverend Michael R. Scudder, Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, will officiate.  Friends may call from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29 at the Kimzey Funeral Home.The family will be present to receive friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Marvin Joseph Ruby was born July 31, 1930 in Chicago, Ill. He was the son of Joseph Carl "Joe" and Margaret I. Ruby. He moved with his family and lived in Fairfield briefly before settling in Mt. Pleasant. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1948. On June 15, 1952 at the Brazelton Hotel Mezzanine in Mt. Pleasant, Marvin was united in marriage to Carol Joyce Hummel. Mrs. Ruby died Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.


Marvin operated the "lead-lows" (part of the printing process) for the Mt. Pleasant News. He then worked briefly at Staats Mfg. and the former Steel Lumber Co., both in Mt. Pleasant. Marvin then took a position with the former Metromail Group, operating the cheshires and later the ink-jet printers. He retired from Metromail in the late 1980s. In retirement, he returned to assist certain operations at Metromail and also to operate and instruct others in the operation of the gold-leaf press at Staats.


Marvin obtained his pilot's license and flew small aircraft for a few years. For three years, Mr. Ruby was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Fire & Rescue Dept. Marvin was a guitar player in the Troubadours Band and taught private guitar lessons. He was a very adept woodworker, making nearly all the wood furniture in his house and much in his children's homes. He built an armoire for each of his great granddaughters. Many citizens were benefactors of Marvin's prolific cookie and candy making operation, and will remember the generosity of his goodies. He also assisted his daughter-in-law's business, Ruby's Cakes, in making mints.


Marvin served his country for many years. He enlisted in the United States Army and received training at Ft. Benning, Ga. and Ft. Knox, Ky. He was transferred to the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant from Troop B, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron of the 113th Armored Division of the Iowa Army National Guard on October 1, 1962.


Those thankful for sharing in Marvin's life include his three children: Pam McSorley and her husband Joe of Winfield, Laura Ruby of Mt. Pleasant and Joe Ruby and his wife Chari of Mt. Pleasant; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Esther Rouse of Mt. Pleasant.


His parents, wife, a daughter - Joyce Ilene Ruby Traut and a son in infancy - Joseph Allen Ruby, precede Marvin in death.


Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to HCI Care Services or the Mt. Pleasant Fire & Rescue Dept. Online condolences may be directed to

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