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Roy Eldon Rube

06/10/1935 — 05/23/2009

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Abilene, Kansas

Roy Eldon Rube

Roy Eldon Rube

Roy Eldon Rube, age 73, a devoted husband, father, friend and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home with his family May 23, 2009 after a long battle with diabetes and colon cancer. He gave a good fight. Roy was born June 10, 1935 in Abilene, KS to Everett and Thelma Meyers.

He retired on February 28, 1987 as a Hydrologic Technician after serving 34 years with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Roy started his federal career with the Forest Service in Whitefish, Montana in 1953. In 1954 he started working for the Bureau of Reclamation on the Yakima Project Kennewick Field Division, as an Engineering Aide. In 1957 he transferred to the Columbia Basin Project, engineering and construction division in Mesa. Roy worked on surveys out of Warden in 1959, Mesa in 1960, Othello in 1964, and he performed on the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam in 1967. Roy transferred to drainage field investigations in Mesa in 1970. In 1984, the Mesa field investigations office was moved to Othello.

Roy received a special achievement award in 1965 for introducing the use of transistorized radios on survey crews. In 1979, he received a suggestion award for improving reading of observation wells. In 1981, he received a special achievement award for voluntary operation of a drill rig to enable the project to maintain the drainage construction program on schedule.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Lavonne; son Steven of Kennewick; daughter Teresa Goldman; two grandsons, Gregory and Andrew of California; two nephews, Ricky and Jeff Scott.

Roy enjoyed talking on his ham radio, his call sign was KD7VBQ; fishing and camping, wrestling, and had a large collection of caps and eagles. He was a big fan of the Mariners. He will be missed by all who knew him, especially Lexi the faithful family dog.

The family would like to thank the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, May 31, 2009 at Memories at Sunset Event Center. Viewing will be held 5:00-8:00 PM Saturday the 30th at Einan's Funeral Home, and also Sunday the 31st from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Memories at Sunset.

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  • Lavonne, may God be with you and your family as you go thru this time of life. Roy will be missed by all. It was our pleasure to be part of the Ham Radio Family with him. He is at pease, may God Bless

    Mike & Carol KC7CCK KE7AUP

    Mike & Carol Tesky
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
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