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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Obituary: Earl G. Stubby

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  • Earl G. Stubby, 80, lost his long battle with lung cancer and passed away on Oct. 22, 2012. He was born on July 5, 1932, on a farm near Canton to Jacob and Edna (Unruh) Stubby. He attended country grade schools and graduated from Lehigh Rural High School in 1950. He married Doris Seitz on April 20, 1956, at Zion Lutheran Church in Newton. They were married 56 plus years. Earl was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1951 and spent time in Korea after basic training. In September 1953, he was released from active military service to the Army Reserve for a completion of an additional eight years. Earl returned to Kansas Gas and Electric, where he worked in the Newton and El Dorado line departments for more than 39 years and retired in 1990 as a serviceman for Newton. He loved retirement and working on his many projects at his country property near Goessel. He took pride in his restored tractors and other farm hobbies. He raised a big garden that he enjoyed eating and sharing with family and friends. Earl loved to polka dance and listen to music. He and his wife were Polka King and Queen of the Midwestern Polka Club of Kansas, where he was an active member and worker. They attended many Kansas and out of state polka festivals in their motor home. They also enjoyed traveling together and doing a number of tour guided state trips plus two guided trips to Europe. Earl was a life member of the American Legion and VFW in Newton. He is survived by his wife, Doris Stubby of Newton; sons, Martin and his wife, Patti Stubby of Aurora, Colo., and Michael Stubby of Newton; daughter, Cidera and husband, Anthony Spencer of Newton; granddaughters, Carissa Spencer of Wichita, and Mandi, Serina and Tessa Stubby of Aurora, Colo.; great-granddaughter Laika, also of Colorado; brothers, Donovan, Gilmer, Loren, Rodney and Jerry Stubby; sisters, Janet Hubbard and Helen Saylor; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Lila Wasemiller. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 26, 2012) at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Petersen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to Progressive Hospice or Zion Lutheran Church, in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114.

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