Obituary Details

Joseph "Joe" Henry Hubbard

(11/24/1872 - 10/05/1954)
Courtesy of Lusk Free Lance, 10/14/1954

Committal Services for the late Joseph H. Hubbard held Wednesday; Interment made in Lusk Cemetery

Committal services were held for the late Joseph H. Hubbard, of Fairbanks, Alaska at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, October 30th, from the chapel of the Peet mortuary. Rev. Theodore Foster, pastor of St. George's Episcopal church officiated at a brief prayer service at the chapel and at the graveside rites.

Bearing the remains to their final resting place in the family plot in the Lusk cemetery were William D. Miller, Thomas O. Miller, Dan Hanson, H. L. Joiner, Henry Petz all of Lusk, and Sterl Long of Lance Creek.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 8th, in St. Mathew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks, Alaska, and the remains were then flown to Seattle, Wash., and then conveyed by train to Crawford, Neb. Mrs. Joseph Hubbard and son, Percy, accompanied the remains and were met in Crawford by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson and George Earl Peet and Walter Doctor who were there with the ambulance from the Peet mortuary.

Joseph Henry Hubbard was born November 24th, 1872 at Oakfield, Wis., the only son of Martin Rose and Lovisa (Percy) Hubbard. He passed quietly away on Tuesday, October 5th, at Fairbanks, Alaska following an illness of several months duration.

His early life was spent in Oakfield, Wis., where he engaged in farming. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Tilbey, October 28th, 1897, in Oakfield. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard were privileged to have had a long and happy life together and would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on the 28th day of this month. They were the parents of four children.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard continued to live on a farm at Oakfield until 1910, when they came to Wyoming and homesteaded on Young Woman Creek. Their homestead is now the ranch home of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Wilson.

During the oil boom of the Lance Creek field Mr. Hubbard became interested in the oil industry and the family moved to Lavoye, Wyo., in the Salt Creek oil field. He was employed as tool dresser for an oil company and also served as under sheriff in Natrona County.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard journeyed to Alaska to make their home in 1927, and Mr. Hubbard was the deputy marshall at Nenana and McGrath. They then moved to Fairbanks where he became the chief of police and after leaving the police force, he operated a used furniture store until his retirement. He was a member of the Elks lodge and the Episcopal church.

Mr. Hubbard was preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Helen Hawthorne Giinther who was killed in an automobile accident in 1937, at Fairbanks, and Mrs. Vilna Filbey Moritz who passed away April 14, 1927, at Edgerton, Wyo.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Emma Hubbard and two sons, Percy Martin Hubbard of Seattle, Wash., and Russell Raymond Hubbard of Fairbanks, Alaska, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one son-in-law, Ernie Giinther, of Fairbanks.

The deceased was the youngest of a family of four children. He had three sisters, Lodema, Serepta and Julia, all who with his parents have preceded him in death. His sister, Julia, was the well-known Mrs. Julia Roy of Lusk, who passed away January 15th, 1954 at Denver, Colorado.

The Lusk Herald
October 7, 1954
Joe Hubbard Dies In Alaska; Funeral Will Be in Lusk

J. H. "Joe" Hubbard, 81, former Niobrara county rancher on Young Woman Creek, died in Fairbanks, Alaska Tuesday. His body is being brought to Lusk for interment by his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hubbard.

As yet the funeral arrangements for the services are indefinite as it is not known when the Hubbards will arrive here.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Julia Roy of Lusk. He is the uncle of Mrs. Olive Johnson of Lusk, Mrs. George Giinther of Casper and Lloyd Roy of Sacramento, Calif.

The Lusk Herald
October 14, 1954
Services for Joe Hubbard Held in Lusk Wednesday

Brief services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Peet Chapel for J. H. "Joe" Hubbard, Niobrara pioneer and rancher who died October 5 at Fairbanks, Alaska. Graveside committal services were at the Lusk cemetery, with Rev. Theodore Foster officiating at both.

Pallbearers were Wm D. Miller, Thomas O. Miller, Dan Hanson, H. L. Joiner, Henry Petz and Sterl Long.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Hubbard, two sons, Percy and Russell, all of Fairbanks. Mrs. Hubbard and Percy accompanied the body to Lusk. Also surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Olice Johnson of Lusk and Mrs. George Giinther of Casper, and a nephew, Lloyd Roy of Sacramento, Calif.

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