NORMAL - Russell L. Bubert, 91, of Normal, Ill., died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Ill.
His funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, with the Rev. Michael McGaughan officiating, and military honors accorded by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview, Ill. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church or the
Russ was born March 7, 1922, in Teheran, Ill., a son of Fred and Grace Phelps Bubert. He married Mary Lou Taylor on Sept. 8, 1946, in Greenview, Ill. Mary Lou survives.
Also surviving are a son, Dennis (Janet) Bubert of Fort Worth, Texas; a niece, Meryl (Tim) Block of Deer Creek, Ill.; a nephew, Marc (Kayla) Bubert of Washington, Ill.; five great-nieces and nephews; a brother, Jim (Rose) Bubert of Peoria, Ill.; and a sister, Alice Gentry of Lincoln, Ill.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobbie; and two nephews, Morris Bubert and Larry Aldrich.
Russ was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an ordained deacon and was on the board of ushers for many years.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from October of 1942 to January of 1946. He attained the rank of Tech/Sgt., serving with MG Btry 671st. AAA in the Pacific Theatre of operation and was awarded a Bronze Star for the New Guinea campaign.
He had a long career with General Telephone Company and was a manager in data services at retirement. Following his retirement, he worked part time for the Internal Revenue Service in Bloomington.
An avid sportsman and outdoorsman, he was also an ardent supporter of the Chicago Cubs, Illinois football and I.W.U. basketball. His retirement years were filled with travel, ballroom dancing and above all, family and a large and ever increasing circle of friends.