Kelly H. Gubler
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1919 ~ 2013
Kelly H. Gubler died on October 2, 2013 in Beaverton, Oregon. He was born June 7, 1919 in Morgan, Utah to John and Alice Willamina Gubler. Kelly was educated in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah. On May 3, 1937 he married Afton Hendricks. While still in Utah, their first daughter, Minalee was born. He moved his small family to Chicago, Illinois where he attended and graduated from Northwestern University College of Medicine. At that time their second daughter, LynAnn was born. He interned at Cook County General Hospital and upon completing his internship, served in the U.S. Army stationed at Indian Gap, Pennsylvania and Fort Lewis, Washington. After being discharged, he did his surgical residency with the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Salt Lake City and Grand Junction, Colorado. Their third daughter, Janet was born in Grand Junction. In 1952 the family moved to Tooele, Utah where he became a partner in the Tooele Clinic. Kelly was drafted into the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war and was based at Hill Field, Utah. Their son, Dean was born in Tooele during that time. After being discharged, he resumed his medical practice in Tooele. He retired in 1984 and was elected to the Tooele County Commission and served as its chairman. In 1989 his wife Afton died. He married Dorothy Hughes Gillespie in 1990. She died in 2000. Kelly married Geneve Buys Bains in 2001. She died in 2013.
Kelly was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Southwest Surgical Society, the Salt Lake Surgical Society and the Westerners Club. He loved camping, hunting, fishing and playing golf with his family and friends. During his lifetime he had several wonderful dogs and believed his four-legged companions to be an essential part of his life. He passed this belief on to his entire family.
Kelly is survived by his children, Minalee (Joseph) Woodward, Mesquite, NV; LynAnn (Edward) McGinn, Santa Barbara, CA; Jan (Jay) Woods, El Dorado Hills, CA.; and Dean (Barbara) Gubler, Portland, OR.; six grandchildren; ten great-granchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and several loving nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at Tate Mortuary, 1st South and Main, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 14.
A private service will be held at the Tooele City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a donation to the
or the the National Wildlife Fund.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Oct. 13, 2013