John D. "Jack" Lubus

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  • "What a great man!!!! Lovely tribute"
    - Jane and Jim Kaskie
  • "May you rest in peace my good friend"
    - shawn toon
  • "Deepest sympathy to the Fields/Lubus family."
    - Chris Beykirch
  • "Lauren, so sorry for your great loss. You and your family..."
  • "Gene,Patrick and family, I am so sorry for your loss...."
    - Kitty Delaney-Williams
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Lubus, John D. Jack The Greatest Generation World War II veteran earned 3 Bronze Stars and many other distinguished honors in the Pacific Campaign Jack Lubus, a World War II veteran who earned the Philippine Liberation Medal and 3 Bronze Stars, died after an extended illness in Osage Beach, MO on Sunday, November 3rd. He was 91. Mr. Lubus joined the U.S. Army, 24th Infantry Division, 34th Infantry Regiment, in January 1943. After training at Camp Roberts, CA and Hawaii, he was sent to Sydney, Australia, then to New Guinea, before beginning battle. Tech. Sgt. Lubus engaged the enemy in many of the deadliest battles in the Philippine Islands ¢$º on the beaches and in the jungles of Biak, Leyte, Mindoro, Mindanao, Davao, Luzan and Corregidor ¢$º and he was sent to mainland Japan at Shikoku immediately following the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In addition to the battles with the enemy, which often included hand-to-hand combat, Mr. Lubus and his men endured the extended ill effects of rain-filled fox holes, extreme heat, infectious disease, jungle rot, venomous snakes, dysentery, lack of rations and supplies, and a typhoon. Of the almost 200 soldiers who started together in Mr. Lubus' Company in 1943, only 5 or 6 of those weary men returned safely to Tacoma, WA when the war ended. He was honorably discharged at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, MO in December 1945. Mr. Lubus contracted malaria in the later stages of the war, which stayed with him through 1946 and 1947. Mr. Lubus was born in Belleville, IL in 1922 and attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Cathedral High School. During his high school years, and until he entered the U.S. Army, he sang in the St. Louis Muny Opera as a high tenor. He sang in more than 50 weddings and other family events over the years, and his version of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling was a favorite for friends and family alike. After his military service, Mr. Lubus joined Local 268 Sheet Metal Workers in East St. Louis, IL where he worked for 40 plus years until his retirement. He was active as a CYO coach in baseball and basketball for many years, an avid Cardinal Baseball fan and his personal passion included boating on the Mississippi River and Lake of the Ozarks. Upon retirement, Mr. Lubus and his wife Niecie moved to the Horseshoe Bend area in Lake Ozark, MO. In addition to two sons, John (Margo) and Gene (Julie), among the survivors are 4 grandchildren (Lauren, Mark, Kevin and Patrick), one great-granddaughter (Ireland), 2 extended grandchildren, 6 extended great-grandchildren, and 22 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Bernice Niecie (nee Fields) Lubus, Parents, John and Bernice Lubus and sister, Jean Neville. Memorials may be made to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight Program. Condolences may be expressed online at Services: Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thurs, Nov. 7, 2013 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL. A funeral procession will leave from Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL at 9:45 am Fri., Nov. 8, 2013 for a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Belleville, IL with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating. Mr Lubus will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.


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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 6, 2013
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