Hubert E. Rule

May 22, 2009

Hubert E. Rule 84 of rural Michigantown passed away peacefully at home on May 22, 2009. He was born June 25, 1924 in Putnam County, IN to W.O. & Minnie (Cue) Rule. He married his wife of 58 years, Belva (Huffer) Rule on December 31, 1950 and she survives. Mr. Rule was a graduate of Michigantown High School in 1942. He served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII where he was awarded two bronze stars for bravery. He returned home in 1946 after serving as an honor guard at the Nuremburg Trials. He graduated from Purdue University, earning both his bachelors and masters degrees. He was a self-employed farmer and a teacher with the Frankfort Community Schools for nearly 30 years. His memberships include; Michigantown Methodist Church, the Moose Lodge of Frankfort, was also a member and past president of the Michigantown Lions Club and Michigantown Community Club.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, or, in honor of his grandson, to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297-0495.

Survived by:

Wife: Belva Rule of Rural Michigantown, IN

Son: Andrew (Significant Other: Patricia) Rule of Knoxville, TN

Daughter: Cynthia (Rick) Rule-Gutierrez of Denver, CO

Granddaughters: Amanda (Joshua) Rhinehart and Rachel Rule of Knoxville, TN and
Chaye Gutierrez of Denver, CO

Grandson: Rhett Gutierrez of Denver, CO

Great Grandson: Lukas Rhinehart of Knoxville, TN

Brother: Russell (Jean) Rule of Frankfort, IN

2 Sisters-in-law: Welthea Rule of Crawfordsville, IN and
Joyce Rule of Michigantown, IN

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. Lloyd (Garnett) Clidence and Mrs. George (Ruth) Valley and 4 brothers, Jewell, Estill, Glenn and Wilbur.


9 Condolences for “Hubert E. Rule”

  1. Sharon McGill May 25, 2009 at 8:51 am

    My prayers go out to Mr. Rule’s family and friends. He was my biology teacher and I just loved him. He taught with respect and humor. Please remember your father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather has touched many hearts. God is good. I thank God for letting me know Mr. Rule. Sharon K. (Kuszmaul) McGill

  2. Steve Greeno May 25, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I had Mr. Rule for biology also. He was one of the best teachers I had in high school and I remember him well. It was a pleasure being a student of his. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  3. Mark A. Smith May 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    My prayers and thoughts go out to all the Rule family. I am the Uncle to the Granddaughters Amanda and Rachel, and also lived with my sister Marsha and brother in law Andrew (son of Mr. Rule), when I was younger. I can remember going out to Hubert and Belva’s house several times as well as them coming to visit us in Lafayette. I always liked Hubert, he always seemed to make me welcome in the family and had a good sense of humor. I always enjoyed our trips out to their house. Thank you for being such good parents and Grandparents. In my mind, Cindy, Andy, and all the grand children could not of had a better Father and Grandfather than Hubert!
    Mark A. Smith (Lafayette)

  4. Marsha Smith R. Rule LaFollette May 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I first met Mr. Rule when he was my Freshman Bilology teacher at Frankfort High School. I had no idea how I was going to pass that class but he made it interesting and I actually got an A. Saw him again when my Driver’s Ed teacher, Mr. Kersey drove us out by his house the summer they were building it. Year’s later, he became my Father-In-Law and then my daughter’s Grandfather. Belva and Hubert were the only Grandparent’s Amanda and Rachel knew, as my parents passed away when I was a teen-ager. They couldn’t have asked for better grandparents. I know their heart’s are broken at losing their Grandpa Hubert. Such a rare, quiet, loving but strong man… I know he will never be forgotten and will always be remembered with love, respect, and admiration. My heart goes out to Belva who will certainly miss him the most!

  5. Carl and Toni Pugh May 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    He was a wonderful teacher. He is one of the rare teachers I remember and that I liked very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Be pround of him as he left a great mark on a few generations of students.

  6. Ida (Etnire) Tendam May 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I was fortunate to have Mr. Rule for three years in history, science, and biology. He always made his classes come alive. It was apparent that he was interested in his students, and they in turn, were interested in what he taught. Mr. Rule personified what a teacher should be; intelligent, capable, humorous and a great motivator. He was a tremendous human being and will be greatly missed. I pray for comfort and peace for his family and in my heart I know he is with God now. Thank you, Mr. Rule for all you taught me.

  7. Neal & Becky Elkerton & Rachel Garcia May 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I am Rick’s mother, Cindy’s mother-in-law, Neal is my husband and Rachel is Rick & Cindy’s Grandmother. We would like to express our gratitude for having been blessed enough to have shared in Hubert’s life. His presence always offered a kind, strong and wise influence. Although a great loss for his family and friends, we are happy to celebrate his life here on earth and most importantly his new life with God. Our prayers and thoughts are with Belva and all of the family at this sad and yet celebratory time.

  8. Greg Kern May 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    When I read of Mr Rule’s death, it bought back my high school memories when he taught my biology class. He was a supportive, calm person with a smile who challenged me. His example and manner probably influenced many students. Our deepest sympathy is with the surviving family.
    Greg & Amy Kern

  9. Bryce K. Hibbard June 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Rule and Cindy. Mr. Rule had quite an influence on me. He even encouraged my wanting to go into education. Ironically, I became a Biology teacher myself due to his influence. I know he will be missed, but also know he is in a better place. When I see him again one day, I will tell him what I’ve told you. Thanks and God Bless, Bryce K. Hibbard

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