Ruben Liner Jr, September 23, 1932 ~March 5, 2014

Untitled-1Ruben Liner Jr, 81 of Fayetteville passed away, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He was born September 23, 1932 in College Station, Texas to Ruben Liner Sr and Velma Free. He served in the Army and spent his professional life in the road construction business, including working with Standard Industries in Tulsa and McClinton-Anchor/ APAC in Fayetteville. With help from his sons in 1971-1972, Ruben built what to this day is the family home. At McClinton Anchor/ APAC he rose to the office of vice president, was a fair and effective leader and had a deserved reputation for getting things done right.

Away from work he was an avid traveler, going often to the Caribbean with his wife and friends. Ruben loved sailing and his passion for golf led, ultimately, to him serving as 1986 president of the Fayetteville Country Club. He was a fine man who lived and passed with courage and dignity. Ruben Liner was a man of rare quality; his family and wide circle of friends will miss the humor, common sense and charm that he brought into our lives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Jeffery.



Survivors include his wife of 61 years Jo Ann; children, Robert and wife Gigi of Fort Smith, Christopher and wife Dolores of Fayetteville and Elizabeth and husband Mike Webb of Gulf Shores, Alabama; four grandchildren, David, Thomas, Samantha and Kevin as well as several other family members and friends.



The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 PM, Monday, March 10, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

A memorial service will follow at 2PM, with Dr. Doug Falknor officiating. Burial will be Fairview memorial Gardens under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.


Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 1324

Fayetteville, AR 72702.


Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.




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    KC Spain & Melissa Hames » 07. Mar, 2014

    We are truely sorry for your loss, our deepest condolences…

    Charles Holiday » 07. Mar, 2014

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Jr. He will truly be missed. He has given me good advise and comfort in years past.

    Name » 08. Mar, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to JoAnn and family.Ruben was a very nice and gentle man!Always enjoyed playing golf and visiting with Ruben and JoAnn. JIM & CAROL HAWKINS

    Mary Bookout/Grove » 08. Mar, 2014

    You know I cannot possibly put it in words! This is truly a once in a lifetime friendship which I will treasure always. I pray to surround you all with comfort, I love you all.

    Brenda Stovall » 08. Mar, 2014

    Jo Ann … My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Doug and I always admired Ruben for his friendliness and the example he set for everyone.

    Don and JoAnn Lyall » 08. Mar, 2014

    JoAnn and family. We are so sorry for the loss of Ruben. He was quite a man. We will be in St. Louis at the Barnes Hospital for Don’s check up on Monday so will not be able to attend the services. God be with you.

    Winston and Anne Sloan » 08. Mar, 2014

    Jo Ann…So very sorry to read of Reuben’s death in todays paper. Lots of great memories of visiting with him in the afternoons at the club. And, certainly, the fairly long time we had a chance to work together, which always included Reuben. Our sincere condolence to you and family.

    Winston and Anne

    John and Sue Hale » 08. Mar, 2014

    We extend our sympathy to JoAnne and all the family. We are out of country or would do so in person. Please know you are in our thoughts-what a good man!
    John and Sue

    Matt Moore » 08. Mar, 2014

    I spoke with my sister, Sharon Wimberly, today and was told of Ruben’s passing. She informed me about Beard’s Funeral Chapel website so I could leave a note.

    I am truly sorry for your loss and wish I was there to pay my respects.


    Matt Moore

    Harry and Doris Burrington » 09. Mar, 2014

    Jo Ann, We were very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the difficult time.
    Harry and Doris Burrington

    Terry Jones » 09. Mar, 2014

    I knew Rubin as a member of the Fayetteville Exchange Club. When I first ran for Prosecuting Attorney Rubin was the first person to give me a campaign contribution-$ 100– which at the time was significant. He always greeted me in his friendly manner and always with a smile. Even in his last years, when we met at the center for exercise and I could tell he was in great pain—he still flashed that smile. I know your loss was great and I wish you peace and comfort knowing he is at rest—at least until God starts to build a bridge or something.

    Duane Kincaid » 09. Mar, 2014

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Jr. was one of the nicest men I ever met.

    Name » 09. Mar, 2014

    Chris, Robert, Beth, and family,
    Keith and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. We remember him as a fun and gracious man. He and your mom obviously produced four extremely intelligent, talented, genuinely nice children. That, alone, is a huge tribute to both of them. I was so touched to read his obituary in the paper. We can only aspire to live a life that will earn us a similar tribute. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    David & Jennifer McGill » 10. Mar, 2014

    Jo Ann and Family,
    We are praying for you during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything you need.

    Robin & Robert Guadagnini » 10. Mar, 2014

    We are so very sorry to hear of your Loss. Our hearts break for losing such an amazing, caring, positive, energetic, and smart man with a great smile! Please know we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and we send Love and Hugs, Robin & Robert

    Bob & Coleen Hall » 10. Mar, 2014

    We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Our hearts go out to you all and know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob & Coleen Hall
    Robin & Teddy

    Duane Matthews » 10. Mar, 2014

    I was fortunate to play golf with Ruben for many years. He was a good player and a gentleman on the course…even always gave his correct score ! Can’t remember how it came up that we had a lamp at home that I couldn’t fix and he said he’d take a look at it…must have been thirty years ago, we are still us using it. I feel for his family, he will be remembered and missed by many.

    Ted and Sandi Villinski » 11. Mar, 2014

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to Ruben’s family. Ruben always impressed us as a true gentleman. You all are in our prayers and thoughts.

    Ted and Sandi Villinski

    George and Mary Ann McCrary » 19. Mar, 2014

    JoAnn, we were so saddened to hear of Ruben’s passing. He fought some long, hard battles. But, we are so happy that Ruben was able to leave this world his way. We are so very glad you and Ruben had so many happy years together before leaving this world. We feel very fortunate to have known Ruben…he was such a strong Christian man, and truly loved his Lord and you and all your family. He will be sorely missed, but, we know that he is now whole again, no longer in pain, and, in “The Sweet Arms of His Lord and Savior”. What a blessed assurance to know that we will all be reunited again some day. We pray that God will continue to give you and your family comfort and guidance for each new day.
    Love and many prayers,
    Mary Ann and George McCrary