Ruben Erin Lykins
Ruben Erin Lykins
  • December 7, 1979 - March 1, 2017
  • Bloomington, Indiana

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Ruben "Olive" Lykins passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 1, 2017. During the month prior to his death he battled a cancerous brain tumor. Olive lived an extremely full life within his 37 years. By age 19 he was living in New York City following an internship program at MTV sponsored by Harmony School in Bloomington. He then became the youngest person ever hired by the Viacom network and worked on the production of Spike TV. He attended The New School in New York for his undergraduate studies and began down the path of his greatest passion - creative writing. He completed his Bachelor's Degree at Indiana University.
Olive lived across the US including both coasts and traveled to many places throughout his life including Europe, Africa and Asia and the Caribbean Island of St. Croix. He recently lived and worked in New Mexico and Louisiana before returning home to Bloomington.
Olive had an incredible gift for making life-long friends where ever he "landed".
Additionally, he was an important figure in the Bloomington LGBT community as he had the original concept for the Back Door and saw to its first two years of development. He envisioned a space where people in our community could come together to express themselves to the fullest. The last few months of his life were lived peacefully and quietly with his beloved English Bulldog, Poncho and among close friends and family. Olive was a person who affected one's life from the first moment you met him. He was such a driving force, a person who was absolutely passionate for life and lived every moment to the fullest. Ruben had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and was a very gifted writer.
Ruben is survived by his mother, Lyndall Bass Laurence of Santa Fe, NM, his father Rick Lykins of Bloomington, sister Katie Lykins of Bloomington and many uncles, aunts and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother Joshua Lykins. A Celebration of Olive's life is scheduled for April 8th at 1pm at the Millennium Club House at 1200 Rolling Ridge Way in Bloomington.