OBITUARY

Michael P Rubadue

July 9, 1951April 28, 2013
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Michael Paul Rubadue passed away peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2013, at his home in Firestone, Colorado after his battle with cancer. Mike was born on July 9, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio to Ed and Perkie (Foeller) Rubadue. He was fourth in line of ten children. Mike grew up in Ohio until he was 11 years old. At that time his family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee and in 1968, the family moved again to Huntington Beach, California. Mike graduated from Fountain Valley High School in 1969. Three months after his high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Mike proudly served his country for three years, of which two years were courageously served doing active duty in Vietnam. After Mike was honorably discharged he returned to Huntington Beach, California. During the next 25 years, he lived in both California and Utah raising his family and working various jobs. In 1995 he moved to Greeley, Colorado and continued his 26-year career with Rubadue Wire, a family business, working as Co-Owner/Department Manager. On June 24, 2000 in Greeley Colorado, Mike married Katherine Theresa “Kate” Dowling, with whom he daily lived out Jesus’ call for love (1 Corinthians 13 vs 4-8a).

Mike will long be remembered for his strong Christian faith, selfless love, and God-given grace. These characteristics were reflected in his countless relationships with family, friends, and neighbors. He would give the shirt off his back.

During his lifetime, Mike enjoyed fishing, camping, road trips, and reading. More than anything, he enjoyed his family, being a devoted and caring husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Mike’s passion and legacy was to be a servant, used by God in helping others. Mike was the quintessential Good Samaritan.

Mike will be remembered for his jolly laugh, ready smile, bear hugs, silly sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and endless patience. He was everyone’s rock. His favorite line from early years to even his last hours of life was “Don’t sweat the small stuff, because everything is small.”

Mike is survived by his wife, Katherine “Kate” of Firestone; a daughter and son, Kristal Rubadue (Ben Branscome) of Parker and Shawn Rubadue (Lisa) of Fontana, California and their mother, Daniella Rubadue; three daughters, Michele McCoy (Derek) of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Rachel Romkey (Ryan) of Thornton and Jackie Gorton of Denver; his mother, Agnes “Perkie” Rubadue of Greeley; three sisters, Mary Anne Henry of Riverside, California, Jude Rubadue (Roy Johnson) of Salt Lake City, Utah and Sue Welsh of Yorba Linda, Calfornia; six brothers, Jim Rubadue (Julia) and Dan Rubadue (Joan) all of Greeley, Carl Rubadue (Rhonda) of Salt Lake City; Brian Rubadue (Alicia) of Kuaui, Hawaii, Ed Rubadue (Kim) of Loveland and Mark Rubadue (Theresa) of Maple Valley, Washington; four granddaughters, Sariah, Bailey, Kennedee and Nicole; four grandsons, Carter, Jonah, Isaiah and Slade and many very special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ed Rubadue, and grandson, Caleb Rubadue.

A Celebration of Life will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at Two Rivers Fellowship Assembly of God, 2424 23rd Avenue, Greeley, Colorado. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign online guestbook.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2013
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Bill Irwin

May 13, 2013

Can't wait to hear the story of your meeting Jesus. You told me He has a sense of humor, I have no doubt your adding to the belly laughs in heaven now. See you again my friend.

Brian Rubadue

May 6, 2013

I am so happy you are in Heaven, finally able to rest. I love you, I miss you, I will never forget you.

Barbara Freeman

May 5, 2013

Mike I didn't get to know you very well. How much can you learn about a person if you see them once a year for Christ=mas dinner. But what I did learn I liked and you always treated me with kindness and a friendly smile. I know you are at peace now and you have many loved ones who are missing you already. We will all remember you with fondness.
Frank and Barbara Freeman (Riverside, CA)

Margi and Jeff Fairchild

May 4, 2013


What a beautiful soul has left us to go on to higher plains...Mike had a gift from God that he shared so wonderfully with everyone he met. God put His stamp on him to minister love, grace, mercy and peace.. Christ was his example, and he modeled his life by that example. May we all continue where he left off with the same spirit of love, grace, mercy and peace.

Chelly Cordy

May 4, 2013

Mike you will forever be in everyone's heart that you ever came in contact with...You always left such an amazing impression...I dont like saying goodbye cause that seems like forever but saying Ill see you again someday makes it something to look forward too...Knowing you has been a privilage...we can only learn and pass on what we have seen in a man that is so loving and caring and giving to all his family and friends.... Your wife and children and grand children are beautiful people and I know you will be watching over them from above...you'll be always in my heart...you earned your wings and cant wait to earn mine I love you my friend..love always CHELLY

Stephanie Irwin

May 4, 2013

Mike was full of grace, and full of the Holy Spirit. He was teaching us, even when we weren't aware. So many people have been blessed to be touched by Jesus through Mike. Thanks, Mike!

tim henry

May 4, 2013

To a great uncle who I loved and will miss you will always be in my heart

Janet Walker

May 3, 2013

Shortly after I met Mike and Kate at Hope Cancer Center Support Group, it wasn't long before Mike was diagnosing what was wrong with my husband's motorcycle. What a blessing to sit in their home on Tuesday nights last fall and study, "Experiencing the HEART of Jesus," by Max Lucado. Lesson seven, day four says, "When we face death, our definition of God is challenged. Which in turn challenges our faith."...."Is healing the only way God demonstrates His presence?" No, in fact we have seen His presence demonstrated in and through Mike in many ways. Acts 2:24 states, "God raised Jesus from the dead and set him free from the pain of death, because death could not hold him." Now death can no longer hold Mike. Thank you Mike and Kate for allowing us to experience these truths with you.

Bruce Finger

May 3, 2013

I first met Mike at a Bible study about 15 years ago. He was always happy, upbeat, and positive, remaining that way to the very end. And he was blessed to find Kate and share so much happiness. While Mike loved life, he also looked forward to being in the arms of Jesus. Phillipians Chapter 3:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. Amen!

Gayla McCoy

May 3, 2013

Dear family and friends, what a blessing to have had Mike in your lives. And what a blessing he was in my life in the short time I knew Mike. Comfort and healing to all of your hearts. Gayla McCoy