Hamilton County


Petty Officer Verne Lubbers




Verne Lubbers was born Jan. 13, 1908 to Lubbert Eike and Wendelena Lubbers. He died July 26, 1997 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Petty Officer Lubbers served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - July 28, 1997

Verne Lubbers, 89, Webster City, died Saturday, July 26, 1997 at Hamilton Hospital. Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City with Rev. Steve Hall officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery with military rights provided by American Legion Post 191. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Foster Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Verne Lubbers, son of Lubbert and Wendelena Lubbers, was born Jan. 13, 1908 in Piatt County, Ill. In 1912, his father purchased a farm northeast of Webster City where he lived until 1917 when the family moved to Des Moines Street in Webster City. He graduated from Webster City High School in 1927 after an active sports career in football, basketball and track. He then entered the clothing business and served his apprenticeship in Webster City and Rockwell City. He married the former Helen Reid of Sioux City on July 30, 1935. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy and returned to Webster City in 1945 to become a partner in Lehnard’s Clothing. In 1905 he founded Lubber’s Clothing in Webster City, which he ran until his retirement in 1977.

He is survived by three sons, Dick and wife Barbara and Mike and wife Laurie, all of Webster City, and Phil and wife Sue, Thomasville, Ga.; two daughters, Linda and husband John Ptacek, Nevada, and Janet and husband Bill Moody, Webster City; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters, Anna Slocum and Wendelena; brothers Clifford and Elston; a grandson Reid Lubbers; and a granddaughter, Sarah Lubbers.

Among his many civic contributions to the community, Mr. Lubbers served as Chamber of Commerce president, a member of the Webster City School Board, ICCC School Board member, Fuller Hall Board of Directors member, a founder of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and a member of American Legion Post 191. He was also a member of the saddle club, Eastern Star, Rotary Club, BPOE, Moose Lodge, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, and the Webster City Country Club.

Source: ancestry.com