Robert J Stubbs

Robert (Bob) J. Stubbs, age 95, passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  He was born on August 15, 1924 in Fond du Lac, WI to Edson and Jesse (Scherer) Stubbs as the second oldest of four siblings.  Bob was a 1942 graduate of Fond du Lac High School.  While in Fond du Lac, he worked many years in the family business, a full service gasoline station downtown.  In 1944, Bob entered the US Army and he spent time stationed on the East Coast, including receiving training at Fordham University.  In 1945, he joined the European Theatre of Operations during World War II in England, France and Germany.  Bob celebrated his 21st birthday in Rheims, France, which is about 15 mies from Nancy, France where his father celebrated his 21st birthday during World War I.  After World War II, he attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.  Bob met his future wife, Bertyl (Bennett) Stubbs, at a banquet he attended with other members of his baseball team, and he won her heart away from his center fielder teammate.  Her married Bertyl on October 21, 1950.  For most of his professional life, 35 years, Bob was employed by Honeywell, Inc; working for the organization while residing in Madison, WI, Davenport, IA, Deerfield, IL, and Minnetonka, MN.  After retirement, he and Bertyl moved to Boulder Lake near Nevis, MN in 1987 where he lived out his remaining years.  Bob remained very active after retirement including involvement in Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids, MN, the Lion’s Club, the Boulder Lake Association, Meals on Wheels, and the Hubbard County Food Shelf.  While his family and life on the lake were his greatest joys, Bob had many other sources of pleasure, including golf (he played multiple times a week into his late 80’s and was very proud to have gotten a hole in one), fishing (he was very adept at trout fishing), baseball (as a player, mentor, coach, and spectator), canoeing (especially in the Boundary Waters), Univeristy of Wisconsin sports (particularly basketball and football), winemaking (including a number of fermentation explosions in the basement of the home in Minnetonka), and photography (wild flowers).  Bob was preceded in death by his father, Edson, his mother, Jesse, his sisters Helen Supple and Lois Hobbs.  He is survived by his wife, Bertyl, his brother, Lawrence (Georgene) Stubbs, his daughter, Leslie (Charles) Restemayer, his son, James (Dianne) Stubbs, his grandsons, Christopher Lance, Robert and Patrick Restemayer adn Matthew and Michael Stubbs, and his great granddaughter, Sydney Restemayer.  Bob’s wish after death was cremation and inurnment at the Columbarium Niches at the Riverside United Methodist Church Memorial Garden.  A family  ceremony celebrating his life will be held at a future date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hubbard County Food Shelf in Park Rapids, MN.  Bob’s body finally gave way after a ling, rich, and glorious life, but he lives on in all of his beloved family.

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