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WINCHESTER - The world has lost another member of the Greatest Generation. Donald Keith Hubbard, 88, of Winchester, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born April 8, 1926 in Kingston, WV, to Joseph Fletcher and Mary Jane Jones Hubbard. After graduation from Mont-gomery High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in France and Germany as the lead scout with the 44th Infantry Division, receiving a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge. Hubbard was a journalism graduate of West Virginia University. During his stint as editor of The Daily Athenaeum, he met his wife, D.J. Mallonee, a star reporter for the university paper. After graduating, Hubbard purchased and began operating The Alderson Times, a weekly newspaper in Alderson, WV, where on Nov 20, 1952, the couple was married. In 1954, Don sold the paper to begin work for PS Magazine, a preventive maintenance monthly published by the Department of the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Raritan Arsenal in New Jersey, and in Kentucky, first in Ft. Knox and the Bluegrass Army Depot. Don collaborated for years with cartoonist Will Eisner of The Spirit fame, who was the artist for the magazine. Don served the magazine as writer, production manager, managing editor and editor until his retirement in 1991. PS Magazine's maintenance mission was vital for success during Operation Desert Storm, and in 1992, Don Hubbard was awarded the Exceptional Service Civilian Award, which is the highest civilian honor for the Department of the Army. He faithfully supported his wife, Dr. Rev. Mallonee Hubbard, becoming an integral part of each congregation she served as a Methodist minister. Don was known for his competitive enthusiasm for golf and chess and his effortless and extensive recall of poetry and literature. He loved back-packing and camping, and tinkering with tent-building and his lightweight designs for camp stoves. As scoutmaster for First United Methodist Church's Troop 75, Don's Scouts blazed miles of hiking paths on the Jenny Wiley trail near Prestonsburg. He was initiated into Scouting's prestigious Order Of The Arrow, earned the Woodbadge, the highest level of scoutmaster leadership training, and was chosen as a scoutmaster representing Kentucky during the 1981 National Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, VA. In retirement, Don began exploring rural Clark County by bicycle. He was a devoted grandparent, patiently tutoring golf swings, rappelling skills, and serving in the bow of a whitewater canoe well into his 70s. A self- taught pianist and life-long admirer of Mozart, he composed a benediction that was placed in service by the Covington First United Methodist Church. Besides his wife of more than 61 years, Hubbard is survived by his four children: Keith MacDonald Hubbard, Lexington; Devon Ann Hubbard Sorlie, Woodbridge, VA; Val-Del (Vincent) Ortiz, Chesapeake, VA, and Cameron Ryan Hubbard, Richmond; four grandchildren: Cameron Sorlie, Woodbridge, VA, Shelby and Michael Ortiz, Chesapeake, VA, and Hollis Hubbard, Lexington. He is also survived by his older brother, Raymond (Alene) Hubbard, Charleston, WV, and two sisters, Ardith Nell Hubbard Ferrell, Bodrum, Turkey, and Ella Jean Hubbard (Clarence) Woody, Cross Lanes, WV. He was predeceased by five of his siblings: Noah Edwin Hubbard, Alma Faye Hubbard Hall, Frances Virginia Hubbard Morgan, Margaret Ruth Hubbard Bass, and Emma Joetta Hubbard Dence. Visitiation will begin 11am Wednesday, April 30th until the start of the 1pm service at First United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main Street, Winchester, KY, with Rev. Harold Reynolds presiding. A reception will be held following the service. Interment will be at Winchester Cemetery. Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Contributions may be made to the Winchester First United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troops 75.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Apr. 29, 2014
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