Let the memory of Joseph be with us forever.
  • 68 years old
  • Born on October 3, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
  • Passed away on August 18, 2019 in El Cajon, California, United States.
.Joseph “Joe” Ruekberg, 68, passed away at home in El Cajon, California, with his family by his side, on August 18, 2019.  He had a strong will to live and fought valiantly against cancer for almost a year.

Joe was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 3, 1950 to Henrietta (Browarsky) and James Ruekberg.  He left Cleveland to go to college at University of Arizona in Tuscon, where he received his degree in Business. He then moved to Los Angeles and finally San Diego, California, where he worked as a Real Estate broker. Most of his career was spent purchasing and managing properties.

Joe had a passion for the outdoors. He took up skiing and spent many days each season on the slopes. He belonged to several ski clubs and he also became a “blind ski guide”, which he really enjoyed. He also enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, etc. This came in handy, as he became very active as a volunteer in one capacity or another, with the Boy Scouts once his son was old enough to join. He continued to volunteer with the Order of the Arrow Lodge until he was too ill.

Joe strove to be healthy.  He watched his diet (except for brownies and ice cream) and was always active. For at least 40 years, he ran three miles a day, usually four days a week. He continued to walk those miles while he was in chemo and radiation.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Henrietta and James, of Florida; and his Uncle Monte and Aunt Madeline of Dallas, Texas.

He is survived by Judy, his wife of 31 years; his son, Jared of Reston, Virginia and daughter, Janae of El Cajon; his sisters, Kathy Ruekberg of Cleveland and her son, Zachary of Oxford, England and Renny (Greg) Silver of Indianapolis and their children Sara Silver- Lee (Craig) of Indianapolis and Scott Silver (Katelyn) of Vancouver, Canada; cousins Brad and Paul Ruekberg of Dallas and multiple other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joe requested that no services be done for him. His ashes will be spread in Mammoth Mountain, California, where he and his family had many good times.

Posted by Tuan Le on September 12, 2019
I'm very fortunate to have met Joe years ago. He had a smile that would light up the room instantly. Thank you Joe for making an impression in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife. God Bless you and your family.
Posted by Glenn Flaherty on September 11, 2019
Quiet Joe. Always thoughtful. Always willing to help.

My memories of Joe center around the OA. Jared & DJ were in it together - so Joe & I were in it together. So many Ordeals & Fellowships & Encampments & Conclaves. Always ready to lend a hand and pitch in wherever needed.

I cherish the many sideline discussions we had about living life outside of the big city. I remember being a bit jealous of his Montana plates on his truck. Now I'm off to Idaho - leaving California - and heading to the mountains. Godspeed Joe.
Posted by Dan Marks on September 5, 2019
There are so many memories of Joe that we cherish ... treks at Joshua Tree, Philmont, and on the Pacific Crest Trail ... hanging with Joe and Jared, climbing San Jacinto Peak, San Bernadino Peak and White Mountain Peak, and years of service to Scouting. Most of all, we cherish his friendship and dedication and his love for his family. We will deeply miss him. From my family to all who knew and loved Joe, our love and our prayers.
Posted by Jim Millsap on September 4, 2019
Joe was a true friend and mentor to many scouters. I will always remember the fun times we had at Mataguay Scout Ranch working the OA Ordeals and work parties with the new OA candidates and members. Joe will surely be missed by many who followed the scouting trails.....
Posted by Laurence Ashbacher on September 4, 2019
Joe was an indomitable figure. He was stalwart and trustworthy as an adult leader in our troop. He provided example and support in the mountains of Alaska as well as in the Sierras in the snow. His encouragement and guidance enabled others to find determination and will within themselves to succeed. He will definitely be missed and his legacy will long be remembered.
Posted by Rick Webb on September 4, 2019
Joe was a wonderfully calm, strong man it was a pleasure to have known and skied with -- he will be missed. His contributions to scouting are certainly noteworthy and he was always eager to share his experiences with young scouts. It'll be nice to know his ashes will be on the slopes of Mammoth where I ski regularly. Condolences to Judy, Jared and Janae. Remember and savor the good memories.
Posted by Margo Thomas on September 4, 2019
Joe was one of my best blind skier guides for 5 years !! He was great with the kids ... calm, dedicated, ethical, an outstanding skier & a real stud muffin (which really mattered to the low vision girls!!). I simply couldn’t have run the program without dependable guides like Joe. 
On a personal note, i just loved & respected him & valued our longtime friendship. He will be sorely missed!
Posted by Scott Silver on September 3, 2019
Uncle Joe!! What a brilliant guy - always with a smile and a witty comment. Very lucky to have gotten to know him. His passion for his family and the outdoors was inspiring. His story about getting stranded on a rock in the middle of a river kayaking with Uncle Danny will live in infamy.

Here is to an all LA Superbowl my man!
Posted by Brad Ruekberg on September 3, 2019
Joe's calm, soft-spoken voice always reminded me of my dad, Monte, his Uncle. I remember when Joe was in college and I was a kid visiting my grampa in Tuscon, Joe made time to see us, sometimes even just my mom when she was there alone. Similar to my dad who suffered the same form of Cancer, they both spoke to me about the value of family in their final days. I will miss Joe very much and pray for healing for his wife and children.

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