Ben Rubidoux

Benny Edward Rubidoux Jr. (in the world, Ben E. Rubidoux) of Colton, CA, passed peacefully to his eternal reward on Friday, December 11, 2020 in his hometown of El Cajon, CA. He was 88 years old. Preceding him in death were his wife, Elizabeth of Colton CA, brothers LeRoy, Joe, sister Joan, and former wives Stella and Linda. He is survived by his sister Margaret, daughters Susan (Adel), Natalie (Jim), step-daughter Tamie, sons Louis, Leo (Kimberly), David, Michael, Steve, 12 granddaughters, 4 grandsons, 2 great-grandsons, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ben was born May 18, 1932 to Benny Edward Rubidoux Sr. and Mary Rubidoux. Ben was very proud of his historical roots as the great, great grandson of Louis Robidoux – one of California’s notable, early settlers of what is now Riverside, CA and one of the first County Supervisors of San Bernardino. Ben was raised in El Cajon, CA and graduated Grossmont High School. He proudly served in the Korean War as Staff Sergeant with the 148th Graves Registration Company. After the war and mortuary school, he was the funeral director for the Knopsnyder Mortuary of Colton in San Bernardino County. In 1972, Ben was appointed Deputy Coroner Investigator for the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, where he became the first deputy assigned to the Victorville, CA area. In 1987 he was promoted to Senior Deputy Coroner Investigator in charge of the forensic morgue in San Bernardino until his retirement in 1997. In 1985, he was the proud recipient of the Latino Peace Officers Association’s Inland Empire Chapter “Hispanic Officer of the Year Award.” He served as President of the Association from 1992-1993. Ben was an avid recurve bow hunter with many exciting tales of hunting Javelina that are family lore. He enjoyed fishing and camping – especially when in the company of family and friends. He enjoyed the comradery as a member of the VFW Hendrickson-Whitfield Post 6476 in Colton, CA. He most cherished his personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a devoted Catholic and steadfast parishioner of St. Josephs & Immaculate Catholic Church, where he attended the traditional Latin Mass.

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