Ruben Earl Steadmon, 87, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with the Rev. Joey Bacon, associate pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, officiating.
He was born July 19, 1924, near Knott, Texas, and married Jean Randell April 15, 1950 in Carlsbad, N.M. She preceded him in death Dec. 26, 2001.
Ruben was a lifelong resident of Big Spring. He served as a civil servant with the United States Air Force at Webb Air Force Base for almost 30 years, retiring in 1977. He served in the United States Army during World War II, and on December 24, 1944, he survived the sinking of the U.S.S. Leopoldville off the coast of France. Ruben went on to serve in France and Germany, and was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna Ridenour and husband, Bary of San Antonio; a son, David R. Steadmon of Las Vegas, Nevada; a younger brother, Fermon B. Steadmon of San Antonio; three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com