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Robert Paul “Bob” Rubis

March 22, 1958 - November 21, 2019



Robert Paul “Bob” Rubis of Cadillac passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61.

Bob was born March 22, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan to Ernest Joseph and Arlene Genevieve (Graczyk) Rubis and they preceded him in death.
He grew up in the Bay City area and worked at Krzysiak’s Meat Market in Bay City before working as a 911 Dispatcher for Oscoda County. In 2000 Bob started his own construction company, Ruby J’s, and worked all over Michigan. He loved the creativity and the chance to meet people that this allowed.

Bob volunteered with Keryx Prison Ministry and spent time ministering to inmates in the Upper Peninsula. He had a huge heart and was always thinking of others. He was a devoted and caring husband and father. Bob was a regular guest in his daughter Danielle’s kindergarten classroom; doing Bob the Builder demonstrations and activities with the ‘little dumplings.’ In his final days he was proud to give away his daughter, Danielle at an at home, family ceremony before her December 31, 2019 wedding. He had a special bond with his sister-in-law, Trudi.

He enjoyed weightlifting and watching the Detroit Lions. Bob enjoyed a cold can of coke. He had a model train collection and room that he spent numerous hours creating and detailing. Bob’s favorite season was winter; he loved the snow, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and Hallmark movies.

On June 23, 2012 he married Teresa “Terri” Campbell and she survives him along with his daughters: Sarah (Toivo) Hendrickson of Essexville and Danielle Rubis (fiancé Steven Flues) of Bay City; step-children: Joel (Hailie) of Yakima, WA, Jordan and Jamie of Eugene, OR; grandchildren: Kayla, Emma, Jake Hendrickson; siblings: Gary (Boni) Rubis, Kenneth Rubis, Mark (Elaine) Rubis, Cheryl (Richard) Mika, Debbie DuRusseel (Steve Krzyminski) and special people in his life: Finley, Clarence and Betty Hoffman and his beloved dog, Benny who he always referred to as “My Boy!”

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Brian Farmer officiating. Friends may meet the family Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene or Munson Hospice of Cadillac. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Ashley Cronkright - Nov 21st, 2019 3:28 pm

    "Thank you for raising one of my very best friends. You will be missed so much. ❤️"

  • Sgt Kyle DuRussel - Nov 21st, 2019 4:07 pm

    "Keeping your family in my prayers. Wish I could have been home to see you one last time. I know you'll be up there watching over us now, chief. "

  • Ruth Ann McFarland - Nov 21st, 2019 4:09 pm

    "So very sorry for the loss of a really good guy. A hard worker, fun loving and caring. He is now with his savior, at peace, and probably building something. He will be very missed"

  • Ben - Nov 21st, 2019 4:15 pm

    "Miss you brother, many good memories from 68."

  • Doug & Sharon Cutler - Nov 21st, 2019 4:17 pm

    "We are so sad to hear of the death of our “best lead usher”, Bob “the builder”. Bob was a fun , lovable friend and his walk with Jesus was very evident. He will be missed very much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Teri and Bob’s children and grandchildren . Love & Hugs from Doug & Sharon Cutler "

  • Reca Reister - Nov 21st, 2019 4:36 pm

    "Bob was an amazing man of God. My prayers to his family. He always had a smile on his face and when he didn't you knew something was wrong. I loved serving with him as lead greeters years ago. We will see you again in Heaven my friend "

  • Marcy Riley (Kenny Rubis step daughter) - Nov 21st, 2019 4:48 pm

    "God Bless you all during this time. Uncle Bob was a high spirited guy, a great uncle and my favorite memories were of his trains and messing around in the snow in Rose City. "

  • Julie Packard - Nov 21st, 2019 4:54 pm

    "R.I.P. Bob you have the best seat in the house for the Lions game. Always remember your craziness at gatherings where you made us laugh sooo hard. You will be missed"

  • Max Bolser - Nov 21st, 2019 5:04 pm

    "Rob gave everyone something his personality was very cheerful and friendly. Always telling of his outdoor work, it made me shiver just telling me about that, but he loved it. He will be missed very much."

  • Bill & Jamie Layle - Nov 22nd, 2019 5:28 am

    "Our hearts ache for yours. So sorry for your loss."

  • Sandra & Matt Brandal - Nov 22nd, 2019 6:26 am

    "Terri, many hugs, thoughts & prayers & knowing that Bob is flying on his angel wings. My deepest sympathy's."

  • Phil Ochs - Nov 22nd, 2019 3:38 pm

    "Bob you will be missed more than you know. Prayer's go out to Terri and all of the family. May the father hold you in his loving arms."

  • Sherry Sutkowi - Nov 22nd, 2019 10:20 pm

    "To the Rubis family I send my deepest regrets. I am shocked of Bobby"s passing. I just saw him in Oct. before I moved to FL and I did not sense any thing wrong with him. I am deeply sadden with his passing. Please know I am thinking of all of you and death gets better as the years pass. He will never be forgotten because he was an unforgettable kinda guy. Peace to all. Love Sherry"

  • Cindy Choponis - Nov 23rd, 2019 6:11 am

    "Terri so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and they family in my prayers! Hugs!"

  • Holly Conley - Nov 23rd, 2019 9:44 am

    "Danielle and Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in being surrounded by loved ones and all the memories you have of your father. “To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.” —Thomas Edison. Sending prayers and love to both of you. "

  • Paul and Jan Rivera - Nov 24th, 2019 6:24 am

    "Oh Bob, we "dungeon divas" will definitely miss your delicious homemade bread that you so often treated us with, along with your smiling face and wry sense of humor! So thankful for the promise of Heaven and we will see you again! Terri and family, we will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers! "

  • Brenda Trombley - Nov 25th, 2019 10:37 pm

    "RIP Bob, always remember your smiling face (which was contagious), and your encouraging words. You always took the time to just say hi. My sincerest condolences to all of your loved ones."

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