Howard

June 7, 1940 ~ January 6, 2022

Born in: Vincennes, IN
Resided in: Vincennes, IN

Howard Nelson Ruble, 81, passed away at St. Francis Hospital on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Nelson was born on June 7, 1940, in Vincennes and he was the son of Charles Elliott and Lelia Mae (Clark) Ruble. Nelson married Miriam Tillery on September 21, 1963 and they have been married for fifty-eight years. 

Nelson was a member of the Wheatland Christian Church and was active in church and ministry for his whole life. He taught Sunday School for thirty-eight years and served as an Elder, Deacon, and Trustee. Nelson served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1961-1967 and started his own business, Ruble Oil Company. He served as a Director of the Indiana Oil and Gas Association and led the group as they volunteered to plug abandoned oil wells in Southern Indiana. Nelson started drag racing in 1959 and stock car racing in 1964 and beginning in 1991 he sponsored and mentored his sons and his grandson Kendall in sprint car racing. He used racing as a platform to share Christian faith. Nelson was also a huge Vincennes University Basketball fan and you could always find him sitting courtside cheering on the Blazers.

Survivors include his wife, Miriam Ruble of Vincennes; his sons, Bryan Ruble and his wife Carol of Evansville, Jerry Ruble and his wife Cindy of Vincennes, Tony Ruble and his wife Nicole of Washington; sister, Linda Candler of Vincennes; his grandchildren, Alissa Ruble, Kendall Ruble, Brandi McCord, Amber Ruble, Gabriel and Emmanuel Ruble; and one great-grandchild, Thomas McCord. Nelson was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Ruble and his wife Shirley, grandson Joshua Ruble, and brother-in-law, Larry Candler.

The Ruble family will hold a private service and it will be able to be viewed on Nelson’s obituary page on Monday at 10:00 am at www.goodwinsievers.com. There will be a public service held at a time to be determined. 

Online memories may be shared with Nelson’s family and friends at www.goodwinsievers.com. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is privileged and honored to be entrusted with the care of Nelson. The Ruble family has requested contributions be made to Wheatland Christian Church, Helping His Hands, or Vincennes University Varsity Club. 

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  1. Tony, so sorry to hear that your father passed away. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you 🙏🏻

  2. Nelson was a great guy and he will be missed and loved by so many people. My condolences to the entire ruble family.

  3. Our love and Prayers are with you Miriam and family.
    We always enjoyed talking to Howard and listening to his stories.

  4. So sorry for the loss of this wonderful Christian man. Praying for peace and comfort for Miriam and rest of the family.
    Pam Jackson

  5. I knew Nelson from the old days when we both rode the same school bus driven by Albert Schuckman and went to the Fritchton school. He always seemed like a nice fella. RIP

  6. (Uncle) Nelson I learned so much from you,you helped me get into the oil business,by sell us your production when you retired! Thank you for all your help and guidance! I’ll help Mimi all I can, I’m glad for your reunion with your grandparents and parents. You were a wonderful man and you always had a big smile!

  7. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and prayers to Miriam and family . So truly sorry to hear about Nelson passing. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched over the years . May GOD bless

  8. At the race track, Nelson always was the happiest and proudest man in the pit area, being the crew chief for his sons and later his grandson. HIs big smile will be forever remembered. Heaven will certainly welcome Nelsons smile and great humor. RIP

  9. NELSON always had a smile and put a positive spin on situations.
    He was a great guy !
    Rita Ann Dutton, Dunlap
    Fritchton Class of 61

  10. Tony Nicole Gabe and Manny- so sorry for the illness and loss of your father/grandpa. I remember fondly the birthday parade you had for him when we drove by his house. So many friends and family to support him! Brian was honored to care for him a few times in the hospital also. We love you and are praying for you as you go through this. He will be missed but we are Rejoicing his health is restored and he is with Jesus. Love Brian Rebecca Caleb Abigail Cunningham

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ruble family during this time. Nelson was one of the nicest, kindest, and most honest men I have ever known. I always enjoyed my conversations with him. He always had a joke he would want to tell. Nelson and Miriam have raised wonderful children, who have proceeded to raise tremendous grandchildren. Nelson, your legacy lives on through them. RIP.

    Doug and Angella Dougherty

  12. Nelson was my American dad and i was proud to call him that, I hadn’t seen him without a beautiful smile. God bless his soul and my thoughts and prayers are with the rest of my American family.

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