Glen John Rubash, 69, of rural Geary County, Kansas, passed away on
Thursday, February 16, 2023. Cremation will take place and celebration
of life will be announced.
He was born on November 21, 1953, to Victor and Leala (Kingsley) Rubash of Bethel, Minnesota.
Glen was a distance runner at Saint Francis High School in Minnesota. He joined the United States Army in 1974 as a missile technician and armored equipment mechanic. Glen served in combat in Nicaragua and completed his enlistment at Fort Riley. He continued to serve in the Army Reserve and National Guard until the early 1990s.
After leaving the
Army, he served his community as a professional firefighter for nearly
30 years with the Junction City Fire Department, JCFD. Glen was also a
volunteer with the Geary County Fire Department for more than 30 years
and continued to serve until his passing. After his retirement from
JCFD, he was employed at Milford Lake with the Kansas Department of
Wildlife, before becoming a facilities technician at Kansas State
University and again, retiring. As a hobby, Glen worked as a machinist
in the physics department machine shop - completing projects for the
physics labs, maintenance of facilities and the nuclear reactor.
As an avid licensed amateur radio operator (KC0GPV), Glen served as an operator for the Military Auxiliary Radio System, MARS, as part of a national emergency response network and was a member of the Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society. He had a lifelong appreciation of all types of music, from Wagner to Pink Floyd, and was known to have his music on full blast echoing down the creek. Glen enjoyed dabbling in experimental flight. Despite several crashes, beginning with a legendary set of mishaps involving his father's gyrocopter, he persisted and finally realized his dream of "sustained flight” with a recently acquired paraglider. Glen was known to all as a beekeeper, gardener, welder, tinkerer, and lover of animals.
On November 24, 1978, Glen married Lindy Grant. They built a life (and their house) in the Flint Hills, along the banks of Humboldt Creek. They welcomed three sons and a series of mishaps would follow.
Glen is survived by his two dogs, Winston (the rescued basset hound) and JoJo (a vet med beagle from K-State); his loving wife, Lindy; his three sons, Caleb (Anne) Rubash of rural Geary County, Kansas, Jonah (Julie) Rubash of southern California, David (Jessica) Rubash of Toronto, Canada; three grandchildren, Ivan, Victor, and Astrid; one brother, Lambert Rubash; two nephews, Todd Dock and Steven Kummer; five nieces, Tricia Turrittin, Susan Boline, Leslie Dock, Elan McMonigal, and Jennifer Flynn-Grant. Glen is also survived by his lifelong and best friend AJ (Sandy) Ondrey of Bethel, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Harriet Dock and Gail Farmer.