Donald E. Tubbs, 88, of Medina, a crusader for the special needs citizens of Medina County, has gone to meet his maker as of Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.
He was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Medina, where he was a lifetime resident. He graduated from Medina High School, class of 1938. Mr. Tubbs owned and operated Tubbs Insurance Agency for 57 years â€” a company founded by his father, Harold Tubbs, in 1921. He left the agency in 1942 to work in a defense plant for the Cleveland Pneumatic Tool Co. as a machinist making landing gears for war planes, after extensive training in their machinist school. He was a member of St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church, a 60-year member of the American Legion and the last surviving charter member of the Medina Rotary Club. He served in several offices of the club, including president, was a Paul Harris Fellow and was very instrumental in beginning the Youth Exchange Program. He was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II from 1944 to 1946.
In partnership with other parents and concerned citizens, he was instrumental in forming the Society for Handicapped Citizens, Medina County. He was also very involved in forming the school in Weymouth. However, he did not stop there. Mr. Tubbs and others made numerous trips to Columbus and thereby convinced the legislature to create the 169 Board. They were often met with strong opposition to their hopes and dreams, but they would not give up until all was in place. Another dream and accomplishment is Camp Paradise, where many of our special needs citizens enjoy its facilities throughout the year. Mr. Tubbs was a great man with the vision and zeal to see each project to its fulfillment. We will all miss this crusader of the mentally and physically handicapped.
Mr. Tubbs is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ruth (nee Lauffer); daughter, Carol (William) Movius of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann; daughter, Jane Ellen Tubbs; brothers, Dwight and Norman Tubbs; and parents, Harold and Hazel (nee Oviatt) Tubbs.
Service: noon Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rotary Foundation or Society for Handicapped Citizens, 4283 Paradise Road, Seville, 44273.