CHATHAM, IL - Mark Alan Hubbard, 67, formerly of Springfield and Franklin, Ill., died June 25, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 4, 1946, in Bloomington, Ill., the son of Harold and Eula Jean Strange Hubbard. He married Julie Schmidt in 1971 in Princeton and they were married 32 years. Since 2005, he shared his life with Sharlene Hartzell.
Mark will be greatly missed by his sons, Dr. Joel (wife, Sarah) Hubbard of St. Charles, Mo., and Zachary (wife, Amanda) Hubbard of Springfield; grandchildren: Nolan Oliver Hubbard, Kaitlin Marie Hubbard, Sydney Jean Hubbard and Kelsey May Hubbard; sister, Marcia (husband, Donald) Isch of Prosper, Texas; three nephews; his fiancée, Sharlene, of Chatham; stepchildren, Janelle Strite of Springfield and Brent Hartzell of Chatham; step grandchildren, Skylar Desmarais and Whitney Strite.
Mr. Hubbard graduated from University High School in Normal, Beloit College and later received his master's degree in social work from Washington University. He worked for the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services for 31 years, the last 23 as a supervisor with the statewide child abuse hotline.
Additionally, he was an active outdoor writer for more than 30 years having served as a columnist for the Pantagraph in Bloomington and the State Journal-Register in Springfield, as well as writing freelance articles. He was a current member of the Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Association of America and Missouri Outdoor Communicators.
He was also a past Commander of the Sons of the American Legion in Waverly, Ill. Mr. Hubbard was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Springfield.
Cremation rites will be accorded by Cremation Services of Central Illinois in Chatham before services. His family will greet friends at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Rt.4, Chatham, IL from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, with a Memorial Service to begin at 1 p.m., the Rev. Joshua Traxel officiating
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to: www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
To offer your condolences, please visit www.staabpolk.com.