Kenai resident, Mr. Edwin (Eddy) George Ruberg, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai.
Mr. Ruberg was born to Edward and Verna Ruberg in Two Harbors, Minn. He was one of four children.
He married Maxine Udenberg Sept. 19, 1952, in Tow Harbors. They began their 58-year journey together by following the construction work in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and, eventually, Arizona. He started his own construction business in Phoenix, Fountain Hill and Texas.
He fulfilled his dream to see Alaska in March of 1976 when he began working on the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline for Chicago Bridge and Iron. He worked at Pump Station 12 and then in Valdez as a crane operator, constructing oil storage tanks. After the pipeline work, he settled his family in Kenai and continued operating cranes for Unocal and Tesoro, building tanks and working on other various construction jobs across Alaska. He retired from the Operating Engineers Local 302 in 1986. He continued with his own business with what he loved to do until his health began to fail.
His family said. "Eddy was a genuine family man, always traveling many miles to see his children and grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching them how to operate backhoes and other equipment. If they were too young to be taught, they were right there sitting on his lap."
He and his wife enjoyed sending their winters in Arizona and summers in Alaska for the past several years.
Mr. Ruberg was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lloyd; sister, Lola; and son, Gregory.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maxine; daughters, Deb Hill and her husband, Mark of Beckville, Texas; Pam Harrell and her husband, Rex of Kenai; son, Mike and his wife, Siena of Kenai and their daughter, Cindy Matthews and her husband, Terry of North Pole; ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; brother, Luverne and his wife, JoAnn of Saginaw, Minn.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in memory of Mr. Ruberg to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101-9929.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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