SPRINGFIELD – Howard Michael Rubin, 74, died on August 1, 2010, at Pleasant Hill Village Health Care. Mr. Rubin was born on April 14, 1936, in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Isadore and Sadie Kershner Rubin. He attended West Rockford High School and Michigan State University.
Mr. Rubin began his public service career as a management trainee with the Michigan Department of Mental Health in Lansing, MI. He then served as the assistant civil defense director for Oakland County Michigan in Pontiac, MI, and then as a staff assistant with the Michigan Municipal League in Ann Arbor, MI. He then served as assistant city administrator/purchasing agent for the city of Southfield, MI.
Mr. Rubin was a city manager of Garnett, KS. He held the position of city administrator of Grandview, MO and executive director for the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission in Poplar Bluff, MO.
In 1969 he served as the coordinator of Regional Criminal Justice Planning with the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. In 1979 he was appointed to the position of labor relations administrator with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He retired in December 2002. He was a volunteer Red Coat at Memorial Medical Center. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Lions Club, Rotary Club and International City Management Association.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, where he served on the vestry, as a lay reader, chalice bearer, lector and Christ Church choir.
He is survived by wife, Bonnie; a son, Jay (wife, Beth) of Champaign; sister, Bonnie Saban of Huntley, IL; three grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary and Madison; two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Adrian; a niece; and two nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, with Chaplin John Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria, IL. Memorials may be given to Memorial Home Services.
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