Leland F. Brubaker

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BRUBAKER Leland F. "Lee" Brubaker, 87, of Upper Arlington, passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, November 26, 2011. Lee was born in Ashland, Ohio to the late Ralph Edgar and Anna Frank Brubaker on September 4, 1924. He spent his early childhood years enjoying life on the farm where he most likely developed his love of the outdoors. Lee joined the Boy Scouts and would eventually rise to the ranks of Eagle Scout before graduating from Ashland High School in 1942. He attended Ashland College for one year before he was called to duty in the 2nd Battalion, 324th Infantry, 44th division. While serving his country in the European Theater of WWII, he received, among other medals, citations, and ribbons, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. At the conclusion of the war, Leland attended the Ohio State University where he earned a degree in Architecture from the College of Engineering in 1949. Together with partner Kent Brandt, he later founded the firm Brubaker/Brandt Inc. Architects/Planners. For more than 30 years the group enhanced the Columbus skyline with such projects as the Columbus division of Police Headquarters, the Ohio Bell Building, the John Bricker Federal Building, the OCLC headquarters, the Ohio University Arena and Convocation Center, the Motorist Mutual Insurance building and the 42 story James A. Rhodes State Office Tower which was awarded the AIA "Design of Enduring Significance" award in 1995. The firm also completed the original expansion of Port Columbus International Airport in 1981 as well as the Barbara Mann Performing Arts Theater in Fort Myers, Florida. Lee served his community through many clubs and organizations over the years. He was a member of Rotary Club International, the American Institute of Architects, and the Ohio State University Alumni Association and OSU President's Club. He was awarded Distinguished Alumnus status from Ohio State in 1973 and from Ashland High School in 2005. He was given a Meritorious Service Citation from Ohio State in 1986 and the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award in 1988. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He was a longtime member of Scioto Country Club, Rockwell Springs Trout Club in Clyde, Ohio and Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Florida. Lee was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting trips with friends, fly fishing, golfing and tennis. In recent years he was content to feed the birds and deer that were welcome visitors to his home. Leland was a wonderful friend and a proud father and grandfather. He was generous, gracious, and ever the gentleman. We will miss his blue eyes and kind heart forever. Leland is survived by his loving daughters, Lisa (Tomas) Esteve of Brownsville, Texas, and Molly (Michael) Capuano of Upper Arlington; adoring grandchildren, Sofia, Agustin, Daniel and Carlos Esteve, and Chloe, Carter and Connor Capuano; brothers, Donald (Sherrie) Brubaker of Upper Arlington and Gerald (Melinda) Brubaker of Farmington, Maine; cousin, Peter Skaates of Littleton, Colorado; many special relatives; loving friend and companion, Carol Rogers of Ashland, Ohio; devoted caregiver, Jacki Edwards of Columbus, and caring neighbors. In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by his former wife and mother of his daughters Joyce M. Foster. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Columbus. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2011 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd., Upper Arlington. Pastor Steve Wachtmann officiating. Inurnment will take place Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Vermillion Cemetery in Ashland County. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America, 1901 East Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43229 or the Upper Arlington Rotary Foundation, 1801 Watermark Dr. Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The family would like to thank longtime friend and secretary Mary Helen Gallagher, everyone at Visiting Angels, The John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health, Ohio Health HomeReach Hospice and Kay Davies LISW.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 28, 2011
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