Eugene E. Lubeck passed away peacefully at Gloria's Golden Heart assisted living home in Anchorage on March 19th, 2013 at the age of 83. He celebrated his 61st wedding anniversary to devoted wife Ollie Lubeck just two days prior with his entire family present. Eugene was born May 28th, 1929 in Jamestown, North Dakota to the family of Hilda and Elmer Lubeck and older brother Raymond. He met Ollie in Jamestown and they were married March 17th, 1952 in Anacortes, WA while stationed at Oak Harbor Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island. He served the United States Navy
as an Aviation Machinist's Mate, Third Class during the Korean War
from 1950-1954. Their first child Thomas was born in 1954, followed by daughter Carmel in 1956. He started his career as an Engineering Technician for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Riverdale, ND in 1956, relocating to Walla Walla, WA in 1959, and ultimately settling his family in Anchorage, AK in 1965. Sons Gene and Brian were born in 1968 and 1970. Eugene retired from the Corps in 1984 and returned to employment in 1988, performing a wide variety of maintenance projects for Ketchum Air Service until 2000.
Eugene was an active member of Lutheran Church of Hope. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, baseball, woodworking, leather tooling, gardening, and beer brewing. He also enjoyed airplanes, western novels by Louis LAmour, big band music of the 1950s, a cup of coffee any time of day, a cold beer with his kids, and chocolate chip cookies made by his grandchildren. A man of few words, Eugene was an excellent listener and a profound, steady presence for his family. They will remember him fondly during their annual salmon fishing trips on the Russian River.
Eugene is survived by wife Ollie; their 4 children: Thomas (wife- Cheryl), Carmel (husband- Randy), Gene (wife - Jennifer), and Brian (wife - Monica); and 9 grandchildren aged 28 to 1 years: Andrea, Alison, John, Alexandra, Antonio, Matthew, Arrianna, Evan, and Haden. He is preceded in death by parents Hilda and Elmer; brother Raymond, and granddaughter Sarah.
A memorial service with military honors will take place on Saturday March 30th at 2 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage with a light reception to follow.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel; to view the online memorial visit www.janssenfuneralhomes.com