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Elmer John 'E. J.' Ruebeling

October 19, 1924 ~ November 5, 2018 (age 94)

Elmer John “E. J.” Ruebeling, Jr., 94, of Pensacola, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, November 5, 2018 at his home. A native of Plant City, FL, he was a son of the late Irene Dunnam and Elmer John Ruebeling, Sr.  He was a World War II Navy Veteran and retired from the City of Lakeland, Florida, where he was  a line crew foreman for many years.  E. J. was a Life Member of the American Legion and a member of the Gideon’s International.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Sandra Pritchard Ruebeling; daughters: Betty Gotteli of Santee, Calif., Kathy Robair of Ocala, FL, Cynthia Duteil of Hebron, KY and Terri Testerman of Wilkesboro, NC; sons: John Wayne McElveen of Wilkesboro and Steve McElveen of Weirsdale, FL; a sister: Betty Jean Davis and husband Webb of Plant City; brothers: Clarence Ruebeling and wife Nedra of Plant City and Larry Ruebeling and wife Faye of Lehigh Acres, FL and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Pensacola United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.  Pastor Keith Haverkamp will officiate. Military honors will be provide by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57, DAV. 

A sharing with family and friends will be from 10:30 until 11AM, in the fellowship hall of the church, prior to the service.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P O Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.


Donations may be made to:

Gideons International
P. O. Box 264, Burnsville NC 28714

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