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Upstate mourns loss of son of faculty family

A life so beautifully lived will be beautifully celebrated

Boiling Springs, SC - Ethan Frank Rubenzer, 11, son of Trevor and Patti Gordon Rubenzer, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Ethan was born on a very cold day (-22°), February 15, 2007, in West Allis, WI. He enjoyed Boy Scouts, fishing, camping, playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and sharing his gift of kindness with the world.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Grace; maternal grandmother, Louise Gordon of Libertyville, IL; paternal grandparents, Patrick and Karla Rubenzer of Chippewa Falls, WI; his uncle, Peter Gordon of Lake Forest, IL; two cousins, Logen and Quinn Gordon of Wadsworth, IL; his Godparents, Greg and Amy Stilling of Libertyville, IL; special friends, Molly and Jake Stilling, the Kallieris family of Libertyville, IL, Christine and Emily Poplawski; and most of all, his best friends, Will Poplawski and Michaela Bryans.

Ethan was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Gordon.

The family will greet friends Wednesday, February 13th, 3-6 PM at Joy Lutheran Church.

A memorial service will follow at 6PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joy Lutheran Church, 3980 Moore-Duncan Highway, Moore, SC 29369 for the Carpenter's Table Food Pantry, where Ethan loved to volunteer. Additionally, Ethan has always wanted to be an organ donor like his grandma, Karla, and now his spirit and personality will live on in the recipients of his gifts.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Ethan Frank Rubenzer

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