Loren Hubner

June 22, 2018

obit Hubner Loren photoDec. 26, 1919 – June 14, 2018

Funeral service for Lo­ren Hubner, age 98 of Pip­estone, was Tuesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pip­estone. Interment was in Old Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone.
Loren Charles Hubner was born to Herman and Emma (Mettenbrink) Hubner on Dec. 26, 1919 in Pipestone County. He attended school in Pipe­stone and graduated from high school in 1938. Loren was drafted into the U.S. Air Force at the age of 22. He reported to Fort Des Moines in Iowa on March 7, 1942. He was then trans­ferred to Jefferson Bar­racks in Missouri for basic training. After completion of basic training, he was sent to Barksdale Field, Louisiana before heading to New York to be shipped overseas. Loren was sta­tioned on the Aquitania, the sister ship to the Lus­itania, and headed across the Atlantic Ocean. Loren was stationed on the Suez Canal for seven months, before being transferred to Sousse, Tunisia in north­ern Africa. The group then traveled to Sicily. Loren was diagnosed with infec­tious Hepatitis and was sent to Catania, Sicily for a month-long stay in a hos­pital. He was then trans­ferred to North Africa for a three-month hospital stay. Once he was cleared, Loren rejoined his unit in Italy. Loren was deployed over­seas for 36 months before he received the notice that the war had ended and the troops were to return home. Loren and the other soldiers returned on the SS Isaac Sharpless and landed in New York. He then trav­elled to Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, where he was honorably discharged in 1945. Loren returned to Pipestone County and en­rolled in agricultural class­es. He began farming with the rest of his family.
On June 28, 1948, he married Lila Groth at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone. The couple made their home a quarter mile from the family farm and was blessed with three children. In 1985, Loren was given a conservation award and was featured in a newspaper article in the Pipestone Star. The article highlighted Loren’s dedi­cation to farming and all of the hard work he had done for his 37 years of farming. During their time together, Loren and Lila enjoyed travelling to many places, including Germany, Swe­den, Hawaii, Florida, Cali­fornia, and several trips to Arizona. In 2011, Loren and his granddaughter Al­lison were able to go on an Honor Flight to Washing­ton, D.C.
Lila passed away on March 3, 2014. After her passing, Loren continued to live on the family farm until May 15, when his declining health sent him to the Pipestone County Hospice House. Loren passed away on Thursday, June 14 at the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pipestone at the age of 98 years, five months, and 19 days.
Being an outdoorsman, Loren had a great love of trees and planting them. He especially loved red cedar trees because they were hardy and the deer would not eat them. Loren loved birdwatching out on the farm, playing cards, and enjoyed lemon drops. Above all, Loren loved storytelling and spend­ing time with his beloved friends and family mem­bers.
Loren is lovingly re­membered by his two children, Leonard (Jacque­line) Hubner of Pipestone and Lisa (Bruce) Hubers of Pipestone; seven grand­children—Christopher (Emily) Hubers, Lacey (Wade) Holck, Christina (Tyler) Hughes, Allison (Troy) Mead, Amber (Jer­emy) Otkin, JaLen Hubner, and Justin Hubner; seven great-grandchildren— Mackenzie, Marshall and Malachi Hubers, Audyn and Dempsey Otkin, and Neveah and Isaiah Mead; one brother, Louis (Barb) Hubner of Pipestone; one sister, Leone Slyh of Penn­sylvania; one brother-in-law, Gary (Linda) Groth of Pipestone; one sister-in-law, Jeannie Groth of Chan­dler, Arizona; nieces and nephews and many other loving friends and family members.
Loren was preceded in death by his wife Lila Hub­ner, his daughter Linda Du­laney, infant grandson Eric Whipple, and his parents.
Memorials may be di­rected to the Pipestone County Hospice House.