Dr. Joe Hubbard passed away peacefully the evening of Monday, September 14th, 2015 at Parkview Care Center in Osborne, Kansas. He had been diagnosed with melanoma three weeks prior to entering Parkview.
Joe was born in Luray Kansas on July 28, 1929; he graduated from Waldo High School, joined the Marine Corp, married Dr. Gay Hubbard, and received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology from Fort Hays State University, his Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University. He directed a Federal Grant in which he developed a Standards Evaluation Form and supervised the evaluation of twenty two Institutions for the Mentally Retarded in nineteen states, served for three years as the first Director of the Arizona Department of Mental Retardation. Later he became the Training Director at Grace Christian Counseling Fellowship in Denver, and then with his wife. Dr. Gay Hubbard created and was Sec/Treas. of their private Christian Counseling Practice in Lakewood Colorado for twenty some years.
Upon his retirement in 1994 Joe returned to his rural roots in Kansas and served as his own General Contractor and built a lovely retirement home that was named ‘Riverbend’ overlooking the South Fork of the Solomon River situated three miles east of Osborne Kansas. In 2005 Joe opened it as a Bed and Breakfast, many of the guests made a lasting friendship with Joe over the years.
After completing the construction of Riverbend in 2000, Joe volunteered to be the General Contractor for the renovation of the Osborne Carnegie Library. He supervised the raising of $100,000 needed to renovate the Library.
Also in the year 2000 Joe joined Von Rothenburger and John & Laura McClure to establish Osborne County Tourism, Inc (OCT). OCT gave many historical tours of the County; especially popular were the “Sod and Stubble and Sod Howe Days” tours. These tours were based on the book written and annotated by Von Rothenberger. They produced self-guided brochures for both of SOS and SHD. The highlight for the group was creating and erecting over 300 historical markers across the county and writing and publishing the book: “Osborne County Kansas Scenic & Heritage Backways -Eleven Tours for Explorers Who Dare to Do Dirt-, Compiled by Von Rothenberger.
His tombstone is in the family plot located in the Luray, Kansas cemetery. He is the son of Joseph Ray, an avid gardener, and Julie Belle (Cobb), a wonderful cook, Hubbard.
He was the youngest in the family along with three sisters. (Mrs. Coriiss (Peggy) Paramore, Mrs. William (Betty) White, and Mrs. Delmar (Donna) Princ). Joe was preceded in death by his father, mother and two sisters; Peggy Paramore and Donna Princ.
Joe leaves many friends and family members to celebrate his life and morn his death. Joe was cremated and requested that there be no funeral.
Joe wanted any memorials to go to the Carnegie Endowment Fund, care of: Carnegie Library, 307 West Main, Osborne, Kansas 67473.