Ruble passed away on Sunday at UAB Hospital. He was 52.
“Three days after the tornadoes struck in 2011, Richard Ruble volunteered to help Walker County recover. From that day until his untimely death, Richard had a burning passion to help the survivors of the storm,” said Paul Kennedy, one of Ruble’s peers on the Long Term Recovery Committee. “Richard used his lifetime of knowledge about project management, construction and supervision to facilitate the restoration of hundreds of damaged and destroyed homes, coordinated thousands of volunteers hours, administered millions in material aide and did whatever it took to bring hurting individuals back to the place where they are safe and secure. It was his passion and ministry.”
Kennedy added, “It would be my fervent prayer that Richard was greeted in Heaven with the simple phrase ‘well done good and faithful servant.’ We have lost a friend and the county has lost a selfless volunteer and advocate.”
Earnie Burfitt, chairman of LTRC, repeatedly used the word “instrumental” in describing Ruble’s contributions, particularly in Cordova.
“He was always willing to help. He’s been instrumental in getting us to the point where we are in recovery from the storms. He will be greatly missed,” Burfitt said.
Last year, Gov. Robert Bentley recognized Ruble for his efforts regarding recovery with a proclamation.
Even in death, Ruble chose to help those in need. Because he was an organ donor, three people were given a second chance at life.
Among Ruble’s survivors are his wife, Belinda Ruble; children, Richie Ruble (Demi), Sara Ruble Manasco (John) and Brandon Scott Ruble; and grandchildren, Claire Margaret Ruble and another granddaughter yet to be born.
Ruble was a member of Jasper’s First Baptist Church.
Services will be held today at First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Walker Area Community Foundation’s Unmet Needs Fund.