Rev. Marvin Ruebsamen - July 05, 2014The Rev. Marvin L. Ruebsamen, 83, of Seal Beach, Calif., died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family and his hospice team. He battled cancer for nearly two years.
Memorial services were held Saturday, May 17, at Leisure World Community Church, 14000 Church Place, Seal Beach, Calif. A memorial graveside service will be at the Giltner Cemetery at a date to be announced later.
Marvin was born April 28, 1931, on the family farm south of Giltner to Dean and Alberta (Dawson) Ruebsamen.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jinna Yoon, and her daughter, Michelle Miller of Philadelphia, Pa.; his children with Ellen L. Brown: Randal Ruebsamen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mark Ruebsamen of Morgan Hill, Calif., Gary Dean Ruebsamen of Los Angeles, Calif., Denise Putland of Ben Lomand, Calif.
He is also survived by his brothers, Neil Ruebsamen of Grand Island, Dale Ruebsamen of Huntington Beach, Calif., Wilbur Ruebsamen of Anderson, Mo., and sister, Merna Valen of Irvine, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Darrel Ruebsamen, San Antonio, Texas; and sister, Beverly Arne, Salt Lake City, Utah; and his parents of Giltner.
He attended country school and Giltner High School. Upon graduation, he farmed with his father for a year, then joined the Navy. After the Navy, he returned to finish college at Nebraska Wesleyan and then to pursue his passion for the ministry at Southern Methodist University at Dallas.
After graduation, he served as an associate pastor at Christi Methodist Church in Lincoln. He then served as director of Hillside House, a home for U.S. service personnel in Seoul, Korea. He created Korean American cultural exchanges, Bible studies and volunteer opportunities for U.S. Military.
When he returned from Seoul, he became chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., where the “Marvin Ruebsamen Chapel” is named in his honor. In the 1970s, he was an early advocate for hospice care and family counseling in hospitals.
Marvin was a 30 year member of the Rotary Club, and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby.