Valentine G. Ruby was born in Breckenridge county, Ky., Dec. 19, 1826, and died very suddenly of heart failure while attending to his work at his home on the morning of the 6th of September, 1895, aged 68 years, 8 months and 17 days.
He moved from Kentucky in his childhood, settling in Illinois in 1829, where he grew to manhood. He united with the M. E. church in his youth when about 16 years of age, and took an earnest and active part in church life, remaining a member of the church until death.
He was married to Harriet Conley in 1847. His wife preceded him in death, dying in April, 1890. To them were born ten children - seven boys and three girls - eight of whom are now living.
He came to Iowa in 1855, settling near his present location in Ringgold county, thus passing through the scenes of the pioneer settlement of this county, and living in this one neighborhood for 40 years. He enlisted in the army in 1864, and served for a period of three months.
In November, 1899, he was married to Eliza A. Burt, who survives him, to mourn his sudden death. In his private life he was a quiet, unostentatious man, a warm-hearted friend, a good neighbor. As a husband and father he was uniformly thoughtful and kind. As a christian he was humble and truthful, and from the midst of the busy scenes of such a life he was called suddenly to his reward.
The funeral services were held at Knowlton September 7th, at 11:30 a.m. The text was from John 11, 25-26. A large concourse of friends attended both the sermon and the interment which was made in Knowlton cemetery.
Children include Henry, Susannah, John B., Mary E., Jonathan Milbern, Warner J., Collin James, (Isaac, Philander, not in family databases, make 12 children), Julia E., and Alfred G. Ruby
Harriet Conley Ruby
Gravesite Details Civil War; Co. E 46th Iowa Infantry