Ruth Ruben Obituary

Ruth  Ruben
Ruth Ruben
Ruth Ruben

January 19, 1918 - April 21, 2005
Born in Cedar Rapids, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
  • Contat Us
  • Guestbook
  • Photos
  • Services
  • Send Flowers


Ruth S. Ruben passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2005 at the Younkers Rehabilitation Center in Des Moines following a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26 at Dunn's Funeral Home, 2121 Grand Ave, with burial immediately following at Jewish Glendale Cemetery.

Ruth was born on January 19, 1918 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, one of four daughters of Abe and Anna Subotnik. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and then the University of Iowa, where she graduated with distinction, and was honored by induction into Phi Beta Kappa, the National Scholastic Honorary Society and Mortar Board and was selected Outstanding Woman in Sociology.

In 1941, she married Nate Ruben, an Albia, Iowa native, who also graduated from the University of Iowa. She worked as a script writer at KSO-KRNT, was Advertising Manager for Sears Roebuck and Company in Des Moines; and later served as Advertising Copywriter for Younkers. She was owner-manager of Capital Personnel Services in Des Moines. From 1974-1983, Ruth served as Research Economist and Public Relations and Information Specialist for Job Service of Iowa. She was also active for many years in the Beth El Jacob Sisterhood.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Nate; two sons and their wives, Dennis and Nancy of Paradise Valley, Arizona and Brent and Jann of Hillsborough, New Jersey; two sisters, Phyllis Franklin and Betty Saling of Laguna Hills, California; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her sister, Nadine Subotnik of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Memorial donations may be sent to Beth El Jacob Synagogue or the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center.





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
10:00 AM
Jewish Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines, IA
Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Beth El Jacob Synagogue
954 Cummins Parkway
Des Moines, IA
Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center
900 Polk Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50312