Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Robert “Bob” Delos Tubbs was born Nov. 9, 1921, in a little 12x16 homestead house in Fall River County, two miles outside of Edgemont, S.D., to Carl A. and Winnie J. (Wallace) Tubbs.
Bob attended school at the Dry Creek School through eighth grade. He then went to high school in Edgemont and graduated in 1939. He spent four years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, three in New Guinea and two or three months in Japan.
After he returned from his service, he took over the family dairy and ranch. Bob worked tirelessly on the ranch and dairy, milking cows twice a day and delivering milk. He was an excellent example for his three children, Shelley, Mark and Nancy, of someone who worked hard, persevered through many challenges and loved his family and community.
During his leisure time, Bob served on the Fall River County Fair Board for 50 plus years, was a Master Mason and Shriner, a member of the American Legion and a school board member.
On Nov. 20, 1999, Bob was inducted into the South Dakota Fairmans Hall of Fame. Bob was also a member of the National Grasslands for 50 years and the South Dakota Stock Growers Association. He served as a brand inspector for 25 years.
Bob enjoyed coffee time with Mason Miller, Ken Barker and Marvin Kern in his retirement years. He liked to tell people to “take a pencil and paper and draw it out” to solve problems. He had a sense of humor and a common sense approach to life.
Bob, of Edgemont, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Custer Regional Hospital in Custer, S.D. He was 91.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Wallace and Edward.
He was survived by his wife, Virginia; son, Mark (Danielle); daughters, Shelley (Pat) O’Connor; Nancy (Brian Hartmann) Goodwin; grandchildren, Ryan O’Connor, Courtney Goodwin, Jessica Tubbs, Nate Tubbs; brother, Niel (Verna) Tubbs; sister, Joy Hoar; brother-in-law, John (Donna) Parks; caregiver, Trisha Hair; numerous nieces and nephews; and Ted Sheehan of Upton, Wyo., a very special friend.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at United Church in Edgemont with Pastor Thomas Peacock officiating. Interment will follow at the Edgemont Cemetery. Masonic rites will be provided by Mountain View Masonic Lodge #161.
A memorial has been established to the Edgemont Volunteer Ambulance Service.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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