1935 – 2021
Ron was a creative artist, an astute business executive, a writer, and a good and respected friend to so many. He was a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, an uncle and a cherished husband. He has livened up the lives of everyone around him with his wit and mischief.
Ron was born on Aug. 15, 1935, in St. Louis, Mo., to Dolores Field and Robert Lee Ruble. His mother moved the family to Kenosha, Wis., when Ron was a young child, and he has always called Kenosha his hometown. In his adult lifetime, he worked at Wisconsin Bell Telephone, which was part of AT&T. He also pursued his art career during that time, and after 30 years with the company, he retired to devote full time to his passion for art. He created it, he brokered it, and he collected it. His work has been included in over 90 national and international juried art exhibitions, and he has been the recipient of 42 major awards. His work is included in the collections of more than 60 museum and university art collections. He was an elected member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, as well as the prestigious Society of American Graphic Artists in New York.
Through his contacts within the art community, he amassed a vast collection of fine art prints by other artists. He called many of those artists friend, and he appreciated their talents as well as their friendship. He often said that he never met an artist who was not generous and willing to share their knowledge and experience.
Ron and his wife, Mary, were recently honored by the Kenosha Public Museum for donating most of their extensive art collection to the museum for the future enjoyment and education of the people of Kenosha and those who visit their city. The museum has named their south gallery the Ronald L. and Mary K. Ruble Gallery. Ron was so pleased to be honored in this way, and especially pleased that he was alive to attend the dedication in August.
His passion for his art and the laughter and love that he brought to everyone who knew him will be greatly missed by all.