LeRoy Louis “Lee” Rubino, resident of Owasso, passed from this life on Monday, July 4, 2016 in Tulsa at the age of 73 years. Lee was born April 22, 1943 in Latrobe, PA to LeRoy Louis and Mary Jane (Decker) Rubino. He was raised and received his education in western Pennsylvania, graduating from Derry Area high school in Derry, PA. Lee enlisted in the US Air Force on February 28, 1962. On May 4, 1963, Lee and Karen Blumgren were united in marriage in Columbus, Ohio. To this union, three children were born. During his time with the Air Force, he was stationed in Columbus, Ohio; Dover, Delaware and at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. Lee also flew missions in Vietnam while stationed in Taiwan, later returning to McGuire where he was stationed until retirement. LeRoy Rubino served his country honorably for 21 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. Lee and his family moved to Oklahoma in the mid 1980’s. In his spare time, Lee enjoyed woodworking, having even made crib-size bunk beds for his great grandchildren. Lee in his earlier years enjoyed bicycling and auto cross racing. Lee was raised in the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife: Karen of the home; children – Tamara Perry and husband Russell of Turley, OK, Stephen Rubino of Owasso and Heather Marfell and husband Matthew of Streetman, Texas. Also surviving is his mother – Mary Jane Rubino of Derry, PA; a brother Walter Rubino of Latrobe, PA and his sister Jacqueline Schall and husband Jacob of Derry, PA; nine grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by his father LeRoy and a brother Terry.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Mowery Funeral Service. Funeral services with full military honors will be on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel at 11:00 AM. In accordance with Lee’s wishes, cremation will take place after the services. Those that would like to honor Lee can do so by donating to either the Owasso VFW #7180 or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements and services have been entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso. www.moweryfs.com
Can’t express our appreciation to Lee and Karen for their friendship over the last 22 years. They’ve been family to my mother and always so good to Marlie. Thoughts and Prayers from the Taylor Family
— Damon Taylor, Wednesday – July 6, 2016
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Our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.
— Paul & Linda Fumea, Thursday – July 7, 2016
So sorry for your loss and sad to hear of Lee’s passing. We flew together in the 18th at McGuire from 74 – 78. A true professional who served his country well.
— Woodie Hall, Thursday – July 7, 2016
I miss you so much pappy. You always strived to be apart of my life. I will never forget the man you were or the pappy you will always be. I hope you find peace now. We love you so much.
— Riley and Andy Kent, Thursday – July 7, 2016
Rest in Peace.
— Mary Ann Mikolay, Thursday – July 7, 2016
Our heartfelt and sincerest condolences to the Rubino family. Lee was one of a kind! Our girls remember him as the cookie man as he would always bring them a cookie when we went out to dinner. Lee will be sorely missed.
— Christopher Lynn, Thursday – July 7, 2016
Love and prayers to the Rubino family.
LeRoy was my 2nd dad growing up as a kid at McGuire. I will truly miss him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a tremendous love for his family!
Heather, I remember that he was the one who always made me eat my peas! I still don’t like peas, but I will always hold a special place in my heart for him!
Love to all of you!
— Lisa McCabe Fickle , Thursday – July 7, 2016
Our neighbor, a good man, who provide my son with his first challenge coin has passed and left a great void in this world. He was always offering tools and his help to me. A man who welcomed me and the wife to the area when we moved next door. Our son, who is currently serving the country, sends his regards and wishes he could be here. From the Henry’s, our deepest condolences. I will miss his wave and talks at the mailbox.
— Chris and Michele Henry, Thursday – July 7, 2016
I’ve always known Lee as “Butch” because that’s what everyone in Derry knew him as. He was my first big crush in high school and I don’t think I will ever forget that crazy feeling. You never forget your first love. He was also my big brother when we were in the Forensic Club, and he always referred himself that way to me from then on.
Even though it’s been many years since I saw you in person, it’s always been fun being back in touch with you via email and FB and keeping up with your ever expanding family members who I know now are grieving with your untimely passing.
You were a wonderful family man and a devoted husband, a legacy to be proud of to be sure.
— Sharon Hayes, Friday – July 8, 2016
Leroy was a friend and co-worker of mine at American… I am so deeply sorry to hear about his passing. He was well respected and I regret not meeting him and his wife for coffee after he invited me to do so. To the family, I will pray for all of you. There is a new star in the heavens. He was a wonderful, smart and talented man… Thanks for the friendship Leroy. I will see you again some day ..
— Judy Terry, Friday – July 8, 2016
Heartfelt sadness and deepest condolences from the New England branch of the family.
— Todd Shepard, Tuesday – July 12, 2016
Mowery Funeral Service
9110 N. Garnett Road
Owasso, OK 74055
Friday – July 8, 2016
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mowery Funeral Service Chapel
9110 N. Garnett Road
Owasso, OK 74055
Saturday – July 9, 2016