Ruble in Motion
I MARRIED A NORTON GIRL 47 years ago and moved to Norton Road. On that happy day, Ruble Norton, my wife’s cousin, became my friend and neighbor—the best anyone could have.
Ruble, a Korean War veteran, celebrated his 86th birthday in September. He has always lent a wise and helping hand.
In 2014, I was diagnosed with cancer. With that came radiation and chemo treatments. All of our family, friends and neighbors were very helpful during that time, but Ruble was the alpha.
He did everything from keeping an eye on our house to planting flowers around our mailbox to checking on us daily when we returned home.
The man never has a bad word to say about anyone and always has a smile on his face. Even though he has had a heart attack, he keeps plugging away. I recall my father-in-law, Ruble’s uncle, saying, “If I ever sit down at my age, I may not be able to get back up. That’s why I keep going.”
It must be a Norton thing, because it rings true through Ruble today. He’s always walking through the pastures, hoeing his garden, gathering produce, setting flowers—anything to keep moving. He can accidentally do more before breakfast than I can purposely do all day! We love him!
Ruble, 86, tends to his gardens.