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LeRoy P. Rube, 1925 - 2020
LeRoy P. Rube

LeRoy P. Rube, 95, passed away Nov. 16, 2020, at Hays Medical Center, Hays.  He was born April 3, 1925, at Russell County, to Philip and Margaret (Templing) Rube.

LeRoy was baptized in 1925 and later confirmed in 1940 at St. John Lutheran Church, north of Susank.  In 1944 he was inducted into the United States Army during WW II, at the age of 19, and honorably discharged as a Private First Class in 1946.  LeRoy took his training at Camp Robinson, Ark.  He left Christmas Eve, 1944, from New York Harbor, for the European Theater.  He hit the front lines Jan., 1945, at Alsace-Lorraine with the 45th Infantry Division of the 179th Regiment, 1st Battalion Co., as a rifleman.  His combat career also took him to Koblenz, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Freising, Munich and Dachau.  

Leroy received the European Theater Ribbon, two Battle Stars (Rhineland and Central Europe), Combat Infantry Badge and the Good Conduct Medal.

After the War, Leroy married Dorothy Karst, the love of his life, on April 20, 1947, in Barton County, at St. John Lutheran Church.  They moved into their new Hoisington home on their wedding night, where they resided for 73 years.  LeRoy worked for the City Of Hoisington for 33 years, retiring as the public street superintendent in 1987.  He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 286 and Life Member of V.F.W. Post 7428, all of Hoisington, 45th Infantry Division Association, National Rifle Association and AARP.

Survivors include wife Dorothy of the home, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, whom he adored very much.  LeRoy was preceded in passing by a sister, Leona Niedens.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Hoisington, with Rev. Gary Wolf presiding.  Masks and social distancing are recommended. Interment will follow at Hoisington Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard.  Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given to Concordia Lutheran Church or Kans for Kids, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS  67544. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home
P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS  67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 18, 2020