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Andrew Ruben
  • Passed away on March 16, 2020

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Andrew Ruben, 80, of Edgewater, FL, formerly of Clymer, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach, FL, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the son of John and Mary (Betsa) Ruben, born February 8, 1940 in Clymer, PA.

Andy graduated from Clymer High School in 1958 and went on to graduate from Indiana State Teachers’ College as a social studies teacher.  He taught at Penns Manor School District for 34 years.  Andy also coached football for many years.

He will be lovingly remembered as a wonderful husband, dad, grandfather, brother, and friend to so many people.  Andy was an avid Steeler fan.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and reading.

Andy was a member of the Clymer Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and choir member.  He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #313, Scottish Rite Consistory of Altoona, Jaffa Shrine of Altoona, and the B.P.O.E #931 of Indiana, PA.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Stake) Ruben of almost 60 years of Edgewater, FL; daughter, Lori Laverick and husband, Gregg of Indiana, PA; grandson, Michael Laverick and wife Paula of Martinsburg, WV; two great-grandsons Augustine and Constantine; two brothers Ron Ruben and wife Patti of Rockville, MD, George Ruben and wife Juanita of McClean, VA; three brothers-in-law Gary Stake and wife Irene of Orange City, FL, Jay Stake and wife Jeannette wife of Rockwell, NC, and David Stake and wife Jeanie of Leeper, PA.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John Ruben, in-laws Clarence and Ruth Stake, and sister-in-law Bennie Stake.

At his request there will be no visitation or service.  Private arrangements are being handled by Baldwin Brothers of New Smyrna Beach, FL.


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  1. 29 Mar 2020
    Jet (Trinkley) Woods says:
    Mr. Ruben was one of my favorite teachers at PM. He put everything out in a study guide and if you studied it passing his tests were a breeze. Nice man. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  2. 22 Mar 2020
    Cynthia Nicewonger Frey says:
    We were fortunate to have Mr. Ruben at Penns Manor High School. He was a wonderful teacher and a positive influence for many students, including myself. Prayers for Lori and Gregg and his family.

  3. 22 Mar 2020
    Alicia (Hoy) Arlott says:
    Mr. Ruben was my home Rome teacher and history teacher for several years. I always lived how he would stand in the hall between classes and demand his presence be taken seriously. You were a great teacher and person Mr. Ruben rest easy Sir. R.I.P.

  4. 21 Mar 2020
    Bill Tate says:
    I am so sad to learn of MrRuben passing. I probably tested his limits when in 8th grade but he was always very positive and supportive to me especially when I finally started to grow up and try to make something of myself. He influenced me to believe I could make it through the naval academy. I will never forget when he sent me a letter when I graduated. My prayers toMrs Ruben and family. God bless

  5. 21 Mar 2020
    Stacy lit a candle:
    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:02:15 PM

  6. 21 Mar 2020
    Paul Tatarko Jr. says:
    No matter how bad I played Mr. Ruben always was there to pick me up. Even if I'd run the wrong play he would shoulder the blame. You'll be missed by everyone. RIP Coach

  7. 21 Mar 2020
    Jeff and Vicki Kundla lit a candle:
    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:25:20 PM

  8. 21 Mar 2020
    Julius Misurda says:
    We thought the world of Andy! I think of all the good football memories. Rest in peace. Donna, our thoughts are with you and your family. Julius & Marylou Misurda

  9. 21 Mar 2020
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    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:16:48 PM

  10. 21 Mar 2020
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    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:15:35 PM

  11. 21 Mar 2020
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    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:53:39 PM

  12. 21 Mar 2020
    Roberta Bowers Williams says:
    R.I.P. Mr Ruben you was a wonderful teacher and mentor.

  13. 21 Mar 2020
    kathleen osenenko lit a candle:
    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:42:14 PM

  14. 21 Mar 2020
    Barbara Kisovec Green says:
    Me.Rubenwas one of my teachers in High School and he was truly one of my favorite. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  15. 21 Mar 2020
    Andy says:
    Rest easy Uncle Andy. I’ve always enjoyed your company at our family gatherings. I don’t recall ever seeing you without a smile on your face even as you watched the mayhem unfold of the typical 6,000 kids running circles around Aunt Jamie’s house on any given day. It was always a pleasure. Thank you, Uncle Andy.

    Love Andy Cheree Ryder & River

  16. 21 Mar 2020
    Linda Clawson says:
    We remember Andy fondly as a neighbor growing up in Clymer and as one of our favorite teachers at PM. Our deepest condolences to the family❤

  17. 21 Mar 2020
    Patricia Bunyak lit a candle:
    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:26:08 PM

  18. 21 Mar 2020
    Patricia V. Bunyak says:
    Mr Ruben was my 8th grade history teacher. He not only made learning fun he cared that we learn. I remember his study guides. If you completed these you did well on his tests. He always showed respect and care for his students. I will never forget him.

  19. 21 Mar 2020
    Kris Berezansky says:
    Donna, Lori, and family,
    I'm so sorry to hear this. He was a great man who always had a great laugh and a smile every time I saw him ♥️
    You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. 21 Mar 2020
    Connie Langham says:
    Such a great teacher that I had the privilege of having at Penns Manor. I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. 21 Mar 2020
    Barbie and Dan Freidhof says:
    Lori and family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love and hugs ❤️

  22. 21 Mar 2020
    Jill (Davis) Eckenrode says:
    My sincere sympathy is extended to the Ruben family. When I was in grade school, Donna Ruben was my favorite teacher. When I got to high school, I found another great teacher in Andy Ruben. He was kind, funny and easy to talk to. I will be keeping his memory close and his family in my prayers. God Bless.

  23. 21 Mar 2020
    Malinda Levis says:
    I am thinking of the Ruben family. Mr. Ruben was always one of my favorite teachers. He made learning fun, provided a great learning environment and cared about his students. Thank you, Mr. Ruben for making a difference in so many lives.

  24. 21 Mar 2020
    Bev Greek lit a candle:
    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:57:32 PM

  25. 21 Mar 2020
    Brietta St.Clair says:
    We lost a wonderful man....but I’m sure he is looking down watching over his family!

  26. 21 Mar 2020
    Brietta St.Clair says:
    We lost a wonderful man ...but I’m sure he is looking down watching over his family.

  27. 21 Mar 2020
    Kristine Bunyak Bussoletti lit a candle:
    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:15:54 PM

  28. 21 Mar 2020
    Michael Vasbinder lit a candle:
    Lit since March 21, 2020 at 3:53:50 PM

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