Roman D. Rubbelke, 84, of Edmore, ND, passed away on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake in the loving care of family and Altru Hospice.
Roman D. Rubbelke, 84, of Edmore, ND, passed away on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake in the loving care of family and Altru Hospice. Internment will be at Baxter Cemetery, Baxter, MN. Roman David Rubbelke was born on June 26, 1933, on the family farm at Weaver, North Dakota the son of David and Louise (Foard) Rubbelke and raised in rural North Dakota and Minnesota. Roman proudly served his country during the Korean War. He entered the United States Army on Aug. 4, 1953, and served with Battery C 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion as a tank driver in Germany. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 4, 1953. Roman was united in marriage to Delores Ellison and they established their home in Brainerd, MN, where they lived, worked and raised their family through the years. Roman worked for Potlatch Paper Company for many years and then as a Carpenter throughout the area for many years. Roman made his home in Edmore, ND, shortly after the death of Delores. There he met and married his second wife Elaine Idland in 1990. Roman was the owner and operator of the Stockmen’s Bar and then worked for the city of Edmore until retirement. Roman loved to keep busy in his spare time by tinkering around the garage and maintaining his yard. Roman will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his son, Duane (Becki) Rubbelke, Devils Lake; daughter, Kim (George) Refior, Valparaiso, Neb.; granddaughters, Jamie Bye, Fargo, ND, and KayCee Rubbelke, Devils Lake; great-granddaughters Jailee and Jocelyn Bye; sisters, Pearl Atwood, Warrensburg, MO, and Helen (David) Schuler, Devils Lake; brother, Patrick (Deanna) Rubbelke, Baxter, MN; his stepdaughter, Karla (Ewert) Nel, Edmore, ND, many nieces and nephews, and his special friends Roger and Carmen Nygaard. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Delores and Elaine; brother, Virgil Rubbelke and sister, Muriel Thompson.