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Raymond Ralph Ruben, 89, of Kingsville, Missouri, formerly of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Holden Manor Care Center in Holden, MO.

Raymond was born on February 9, 1932 in Martin City, MO, the son of Sam and Ruby (Anderson) Ruben. Raymond grew up in Harrisonville, MO.

He attended the University of Central Missouri (UCM) where he received a football scholarship and was a member of the track team. Raymond earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and was a member of the Fraternity of Life, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE).

In 1959, Raymond married his wife, Sherri Ann Ruben at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, and for 51 years, they shared a wonderful life together.

Raymond was a member of the Optimist Club in New Braunfels, TX. He was an airplane designer and an aerospace engineer.

Raymond served in the United States Army as an airplane mechanic while stationed in Korea. He worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of the Apollo 11 spaceflight.

Raymond was known as a little bit of a “workaholic” and enjoyed working for innovative corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas.

For 30 years, Raymond owned and operated an extraordinarily successful antique furniture business, Hill Country Trail Antiques. There, he painstakingly refinished and restored beautiful pieces of history. Raymond was immensely proud when he was asked to supply the furniture for the television miniseries, Lonesome Dove.

Raymond was an amazing man; he will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Sherri Ann Ruben; and his parents, Sam and Ruby Ruben.

He is survived by his son, Victor S. Ruben and wife Linda, of Kingsville, MO; three granddaughters, Crystal “Barbie Doll” Ruben, Shawna “Teddy Bear” Settles and husband, Ryan, and Shelby “Sugar Cookie” Ruben; two great-grandchildren, Serenity and Grayson Settles.

A private service will be scheduled at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements entrusted to Campbell-Cast Funeral Home, Holden, MO.

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