Claude A. Rubeling, a Laramie, Wyoming native, died March 9, 2011. He was born May4th, 1926, to George and Beulah Rubeling.
He attended school in Laramie. He joined the Navy and served on the USS Magoffin, a troop carrier as boatswain. He felt honored to serve his country during WWII. He was a plank owner at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. After varied occupations, he worked his way up to engineer and was an engineer on the largest steam engine ever built (the Big Boy at 1,200,000 lbs.).
After retiring he moved to Orcas Island, WA. Claude was a long time member of American Legion Post 93 on Orcas Island and was a very active and respected member of the Orcas Island Sportsmen’s Club for almost 30 years.
Preceding him in death were his wife Ruth, son, Dale, parents and brother-in-law George Wrakestraw. Survivors include a daughter Patti Roney, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Liz Rubeling and Sister Alma Rubeling.
Special services will take place May 10 at 11 a.m. at Lieber Haven Resort at Obstruction Pass where his and his wife’s ashes will be cast into Obstruction Pass Waters.