March 2, 1932 – August 13, 2019
Norman Joseph Rubash, born March 2, 1932 in East McKeesport, PA to Joseph Robert and Anna Peckman Rubash, passed away, August 13, surrounded by his loving family. Norm began his work in the oil business in the fields of West Texas, and worked 40+ years in the international oil business. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Penn State University, a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of the management program of Stanford University.
Norm served as president of Standard Oil of Indiana operations in the UK, Egypt, and Canada, and eventually of all overseas exploration and production, based in Chicago.
Norm retired in 1991, and he and his wife Alice enjoyed a long and fruitful retirement. They were longtime members of First Presbyterian Church Evanston where Norm served as an elder, a Stephen’s Ministry Leader, a member of the Mission Team and on the National Pilgrimage Leadership Council. He served on the board of Opportunity International and supported Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Their other passion has been creating their wildlife sanctuary, Longview Farm in Wisconsin.
Norm is survived by his beloved wife Alice, three daughters and sons-in-law, Jim and Karen Hudson, Jim and Amy McAuley, and Brad and Janet Getz, ten grandchildren and two brothers, Duane and Arlyn Rubash.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 3-7 PM at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Avenue, Wilmette. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, 1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bright stars of Bethlehem or Opportunity International, 550 W. Van Buren St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60607. Please click on https://us.opportunity.org/project/honor-memorial for more information.
- Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
August 19, 2019
Alice and all the family,
I grieve with you, and you are in my prayers each night. Norm was
excellent and a leader in his business life, but even more so as a servant of Christ. Well done, Norm, and may you rest in peace and love with our Savior.
August 18, 2019
Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Alice and the Rubash family. Norm and I worked together at Amoco where he made many significant contributions during his career. He was a great leader and manager. His impact on our international oil and gas operations was very important and lasting.
August 16, 2019
My sincere condolences to Alice and the family. I have many fond memories of our times together, even before either of us were married. It goes back to the days when Norm and and I were roustabout, engineering trainees working in Elk Basin, Wyo. They put the two of us on an Alice Chalmers pulling unit, wrenching rods when we had to service pumps in a paraffin-based sweet crude. I fondly remember in London when we all got together at The Rubash's country home to witness fire works on Guy Fox day. Lot's of great memories in Chicago as well. I know God will greet Norm saying, "well done, my good and faithfull servant"
August 16, 2019
What a great friend and of the Cole family. I also worked for him at Amoco in Chicago. I will pray for the family.