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“On behalf of my siblings, I want to say, "Thank You" Dan and Mary for your kind and thoughtful words. I was missing my dad today, so while at work I...Read More »
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“budd was my boss at gear corp when I was 17 years old. he was the greatest man to work for and listen to him. I learned the values of work from him....Read More »
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Norman C. "Bud" Lubbs, 89, of Sterling, died Friday, May, 1, 2015 at Sterling Pavilion.

Born October 19, 1925 in New Bedford he was a son of Gus and Mae (Norman) Lubbs. He married Beverly J. Graham, who passed away, then later married Donna T. Gerber and she preceded him in death in 2006.

Bud was a US Army Veteran serving proudly in the 344th Transportation Corps Harbor Craft Company. Based out of Camp Gordon Johnston in Florida, he served as Skipper and operated a MTL-127 Motor Tow Launch Tug, bringing war ships and supplies into the harbor during WWII in Europe. He was an entrepreneur, buying and operating a full service gas station in Manlius, then in Sterling. He later began his career with Gear Corporation/Process Gear, becoming a foreman, and later retiring as Assistant Plant Manager. Bud will also be remembered for his zest for life even in his later years as he faced daily physical challenges. He loved the Lord, his family, his wonderful neighbors, working with his hands and being outdoors. He was an avid model builder and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles. He could disassemble a motor or a bicycle one day, and when needed, mend his own clothes the next. He never ceased to amaze those who knew him. He attended Coleta United Brethren Church when his health allowed.

Bud is survived by children, Larry (Becky) Lubbs, of Sterling, IL, Norm (Debbie) Lubbs, of Raleigh, NC, Jackie (Marty) Huntley, of Sterling, IL, Dave (Cindy) Lubbs, of Carterville, IL, Lori (Tim) Gryder, of Siloam Springs, AR; a step daughter,Tammy Bass, of Sterling, IL; his grandchildren, Bob Mann (Chris) of Lake Geneva, WI, Bill (Vanessa) Mann of Lake Geneva, WI, Eric (Kimberly) Lubbs of Raleigh, NC, Erin (Mark) Simmons of Holly Springs, NC, Dylan (Carrie) Huntley of Bloomington, IL, Blake (Cyndi) Huntley of Aurora, IL, Matthew Speroni, of Carterville, IL, and Clair, Katie and Will Gryder of Siloam Springs, AR; 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his best friend Frank Garza. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Arlene Dir, Leona Boege, Berniece Barnett/Johnston, Gladys Whipple, Marguriete Clary, and Verla Pipper-McCubbin and brother, Arnold Lubbs.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10-11 AM Saturday, May 9 at McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling. A memorial service will follow at 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Wilmer Houck, officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Meals on Wheels and the COPD Foundation.