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L. Hubbard, Sr.

SPRINGFIELD - Lyman L. Hubbard, Sr., the only Springfieldian to graduate from pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Base during WWII, died on January 12, 2012 at his home in Springfield. Lyman was a graduate of Class 45-H at Tuskegee and flew B-25 bombers. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and made a career of the Air Force. Lyman was a command pilot with nearly 7000 hours flying time in complex multi-engine aircraft, including the EC-121 Super Constellation. He was an accomplished aviator and a strong leader.

Lyman served combat tours in Southeast Asia and among his many U.S. and foreign military decorations: he was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal with oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Vietnamese Honor Medal. He retired from the Air Force in 1970.

For the past fifteen years Lyman and his wife of 65 years, Eartha Mary, have lived on the family farm where Lyman spent much of his youth. The farm has been in the family for nearly 165 years and Springfield attorney Abraham Lincoln once represented Lyman's great-great-grandmother in a legal dispute over the land.

May 17, 2006 was declared Lyman Hubbard Day in Springfield by proclamation of the mayor and city council in recognition of his service to the country. His devotion to the city and its history was reflected in his concern that the Lincoln Colored Home, a national historic property and one of the first African American orphanages in the United States, was in danger of being destroyed. In 2005, he purchased this historic Springfield property that is linked to the Dana-Thomas House.

Lyman graduated from Feitshans High School in 1944 where he was an "A" student and a star athlete in basketball, football, and track. He earned an Associates of Art degree from Springfield Junior College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA. As a youth, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and proudly abided by the Scout's oath throughout his life.

Lyman was 85 years old at the time of his death and is survived by his wife, Eartha Mary Burton Hubbard; sons, Lyman Jr., Lee, Mark; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was the first son of the late Rev. Lyman R. Hubbard and Helen M. Locke Hubbard.

Visitation will be at the W.W. White-Pettiford Memorial Home, 1304 East Monroe, Springfield on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery with the Sangamon County Inter-veterans Burial Detail Honor Guard performing military honors with an active U. S. Air Force Honor Guard.

Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to: St. Vincent De'Paul Society, C/O The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 East Lawrence Ave., Springfield, IL 62703.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 17, 2012.
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February 25, 2012
Capt Hubbard was my Aircraft Commander at Otis AFB, I still have the medal he gave us after flying 100 missions together, he was a great man and I truly admired him. A great lose. Bill Norman
Bill Norman
February 16, 2012
Lyman Sr. was a humble, kind, and giving man. He was a true and authentic role model, which is truly needed in America today. He was a river of flowing knowledge of our country's history. My prayers and love goes out to the family and I'm thankful for the blessing of Lyman Sr. Love Cee Cee
Narciza Grace
January 26, 2012
Dear Family,
It's amazing how a man can touch a lot of lives by serving his country. May God give you Uncle Lyman and the rest of the family strength and peace in such mourning.
Suyin Torres
January 25, 2012
We love you Grandpa, and we know you're busy there in heaven having a ball, and checking in on us from time to time. Thank you for always being there for us and showing us the type of love that has no limits! We will always miss you, and Grandma, we pray God comforts you always.
Erick, Laura, Jordan and Jacob Hubbard
January 24, 2012
Thank youu for defending this country and may god bless you.
Joshua Grace
January 23, 2012
To the family of Lyman L. Hubbard, which I am also a part of. My Mother and Lyman were 1st cousins. I'm sorry I never had a chance to meet him. My prayers are with the family.
Ulyesses Adams
January 21, 2012
Dear Family ...our thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm a cousin too.

Cooky ( Lyman Sr.'s great niece )
Cooky Randall
January 20, 2012
Thank you. isn't enough. The dream lives on & love never leaves
January 20, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting Cousin Lyman when he first came back to Springfield. He walked into my office and thought what a nice looking gentleman and when he said his name, I told him my grandmother was a Hubbard and it turns out that they are second cousins.

We have had a few conversations here and there and I was very proud of his place in history as a Tuskegee Airman.

R.I.P. Cousin Lyman!
DeAnna Newman
January 20, 2012
Mr. Lyman l Hubbard was a kind and intelligent man; I met him in 1969 and 1978 when we both worked for World Airways in Oakland Calif.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Eartha Hubbard and family, who I had met also, while engaged to Jr.
Sharon Osborne
Sharon Osborne
January 20, 2012
To the Hubbard family I did not know Lyman but heard of him through my father Thomas Hubbard,I regret that I never got to meet him,what wonderful accomplishments this man has achieved and you his children. I'm sure are very proud.My condolences to you all.
Brandon Harvell
January 20, 2012
Our heartfelt condolences to Lyman (Jr.) and the Hubbard family. We did not have the honor to meet Mr. Hubbard, but we know that his courageous service to our country has given us the many freedoms we enjoy today.
Our prayers are with the Hubbard family and know that his heritage will be proudly carried on through Lyman Jr and his family.
David and Barbara
January 20, 2012
I am deeply saddened by the death of my beloved brother in-law's father – Lyman Hubbard Sr. He was a very good man. My sympathy to the love of his life - Eartha and their family. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all during this time of sorrow. Love you all!
Vilma Laneaux
January 19, 2012
I did not know Mr. Hubbard or his family but I want to thank and honor him for his service to our country. I also want to thank his family for sharing him and his story with the rest of the world. He truly exemplifies the Greatest Generation. May your memories sustain you and may the pride you must feel in such a life well lived bring you comfort and peace.
January 19, 2012
The Hubbard legacy has a long line. Through the sands of time there have been men like this that carried our country to places it needed to go. Lyman L Hubbard Sr. demonstrated the highest of commitments to personal and professional improvement, along the way being a blessing to those that knew him. Even those who only knew of him are blessed by the path he blazed through life. Generations of professionals continue to achieve more than ever before as a result of the standards he set. Our prayers are with Lyman Sr.'s family during this tough time. May God keep Lyman and his family safe in His arms until the end times. Lord, another Warrior for Good has returned home. Thank you for letting him pass this way. He made our day.
- anonymous
January 19, 2012
thank you for protecting our nation in times of peril.I am free because of what you did.You are in heavan im sure because you have seen enough of the other on your time here. RIP
mike lockwood
January 18, 2012
In the 1980s when I was a vice president at a large California bank, Mr. Hubbard, also employed at that bank, saw my nameplate on my office door. He received permission from my secretary to see me, stepped into my office, introduced himself, asked if I was from Springfield, IL, and then asked if I was related to the Siddalls he knew. I was. And I was thrilled to tell him that my maternal grandmother had been a close friend of Mary Hubbard, one of HIS family members! I still treasure that day, all these years later, not only because by serendipity we connected to our shared history, but also because he was such a gentleman. My condolences to his family. May your memories of him and your love for him sustain you during this tender time.
Rev. Linda Siddall
January 18, 2012
I only know of Lyman through my mother, Marion Schultz Sutherland. I appreciate the family history and connection. Sympathies from my family to yours.
Clyde Merriwether
January 18, 2012
We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of your father Lyman Sr. and learn about all is accomplishments.
we know how difficult this must be for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
May God bless you and your family during this trying time and always.
From Rogelio, Paulina & family.
The Crooks Family
January 18, 2012
I sent you a separate email but may God be with you and your family. The prayers of my family reach out and touch yours Chris
Chris Pascale
January 18, 2012
This is my idea of a true hero. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Jim Giacomini
January 18, 2012
Mrs. Hubbard and family..I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Hubbard's death. He was one of my favorite customers at CVS. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone! He will be missed. RIP Mr. Hubbard.
January 18, 2012
I didn't know the distinguished Mr. Hubbard, but do know some of your family. It was my honor to read your tribute, only sorry it was in the form of an obituary. You truly exemplify the what the greatest generation was all about, and with true admiration I offer your family my condolences.
January 17, 2012
I Wanted to offer my condolences to the family. I did not know Mr. Hubbard but I know his wonderful grandson Erick who is married to my best friend Laura. Erick is an amazing man and reading about Mr. Hubbard Sr. clearly explain why. He did incredible service to his country and his family, no one could ask for more. Now the heavens get to celebrate his homecoming. May he rest in eternal peace.
Gretchen Eger
January 17, 2012
Eartha, I am so sorry to read of Lyman's passing. We always enjoyed him when he came into our office, and you also. Will be thinking of you in the coming days.
(from your dental office)
January 17, 2012
My sincere condolences to Eartha, Lee and family. Lyman was a kind and true gentleman. His love and service to our nation is what this country was founded upon. Lyman,thank you for the honor of knowing you. My sincere sympathy to the family. J.J. Hamende SF
January 17, 2012
I never met Mr. Hubbard but I certainly applaud his life and his honor. A posthumous thank you to this gentleman. Such distinctions in that he was an excellent student, and went from an Eagle Scout to one of the Tuskegee Airmen with military honors! Top-notch in everything he did. Clearly a special kind of person...and another of "the greatest generation" headed for the heavens. God bless him and his family.
John Pasko
January 17, 2012
What an amazing man... I've never seen a picture of a young grampa Lyman, it brings tears to my eyes to realize just how much of him I see in my children. Thank you for your bravery, your courage, your conviction, and your example. To Eartha and all the family, all my love and prayers are with you.
Robin Fritzsche
January 17, 2012
From one Hubbard family to another, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful period.
Charles L (Chucky) and Ivy Hubbard, Memphis, Tn
January 17, 2012
Didn't know Mr. Hubbard, but thank you to the family for sharing a glimpse of his life. He must have been one heck of a person. The history, the serving his country. May he rest in peace, he has gone above and beyond, here on earth.
January 17, 2012
America has lost a true hero. Thank you for your honorable service and for paving the path for me and others like myself. Rest in peace.
David Grace
January 17, 2012
Lyman was a very popular student while at FHS. He had an amazing life and made many contributions to society.

Jean (Young) McNish, Class of '45.
January 17, 2012
Thank you for your service to our country & may God make your journey home a peaceful ride. With utmost respect & honor, rest in peace.
Jane S
January 17, 2012
So proud of you and grateful Mr. Hubbard, rest in the peace of our Lord.
Rosa Williams
January 17, 2012
Dear Eartha Mary & Family, please accept our condolences in the passing of your loved one, LYMAN L. HUBBARD SR..
Mary Jane "Jackson" Carter
January 17, 2012
To our family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Sorry we won't be able to attend his home going.
O. Jack and Barbara Hubbard
January 17, 2012
WHAT a fantastic obituary!! Just wanted you to know...
January 17, 2012
Thank you Sir...for protecting our Country....
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