Dry Ridge man killed in tractor accident

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

When Chris Ammerman heard the news that his friend, Craig Ruber, had been killed in a tractor accident, he thought it was just another prank that Ruber was notorious for pulling on friends.

“It’s just hard to wrap your head around,” said Ammerman, Grant County’s extension agent for agriculture.
Ruber, 40, of Dry Ridge, was moving hay on a farm he owned on Lightfoot Fork Road in Pendleton County, when a bridge he was driving across collapsed around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 28.

The bridge collapsed when Ruber crossed it on his tractor, which fell 15 to 20 feet. A portion of the bridge fell on top of him.
Ammerman said Ruber had used the bridge before when he was moving hay or corn from one field to another.

The two men became friends several years ago and Ruber even coached Ammerman’s son in football.

“He was such a great teacher,” Ammerman said. “He could look at someone and no matter what they had in them, he found a way to get them to their greatest potential.”

Ammerman said Ruber was selfless and someone who always looked for ways to help others.

“He was always my go-to-guy. I could pick up the phone and ask and it would be done or even just get his opinion on how to do something. He was just always there when you picked up that phone,” Ammerman said.

Ruber, the son of Allen Ray and Wanda Ruber, owned Ruber’s Landscaping and Lawn Care. He was a farmer and active with farm organizations such as Grant County Farm Bureau and the Grant County Cattlemen’s Association. He served as vice president of the Grant County Fair Board and was a member of Sherman Full Gospel Church.

He was also actively involved in coaching his five children in various sports such as football.

Ammerman said while Ruber had a goofy sense of humor and loved nothing better than to pull a joke on someone, he was also generous, without seeking recognition.

“I know for a fact there was a child, maybe more, who didn’t have money to pay for football registration so Craig paid for it,” Ammerman said. “I don’t know how many gallons of gas and hours he devoted to the turf behind Grant County Middle School and it was all because he wanted the kids to have a nice place to play.”

Ruber is survived by his wife, Christa Worthington Ruber and five children, Cayman, Caylee, Carrigan, Chesney and Colt, as well as a brother, Jeff.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Sherman Full Gospel. For complete obituary information, see page 7 of this issue.

For his family and friends, his smile and friendliness will be missed.
“I heard someone describe him as the kind of person that even if you were in the worst mood and you came across him, he would aggravate you the whole time, but by the time you left him, you’d be in a better mood. He’ll definitely be missed by many people,” Ammerman said.