KEWANEE – Richard B. “Dick” Brubaker, 87, of Kewanee, died at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 22, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 28 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. Mara Ahles-Iverson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Beacon of Hope Hospice or to any Hospice of the donor’s choice.
He was born July 19, 1932 in Litchfield, IL, the son of Clyde and Helen (Costello) Brubaker. He married Ruth A. Meyers on August 24, 1952 in Litchfield, IL and she preceded him in death on May 18, 2011. Survivors include his son, Richard Brubaker and his husband, Bobbie of Houston, TX, his daughter, Amy (Mike) Simpkins of Denton, TX, a brother, Jake Brubaker of Rockford, IL, three grandchildren; John (Nichole) Cernovich, Adam (Angie) Cernovich and Caitlin (John) Milmo, nine great grandchildren; George, Jacob, Josie, Camden, Gavin, Chloe, Bryce, Evelyn, and Mason, a sister-in-law that he considered to be “my only sister,” Dorothy and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Dick graduated from Litchfield High School and from the University of Arizona in 1954. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed for 2 years at Chanute Air Force Base in Champaign County, IL and had obtained the rank of First Lieutenant. He was owner and operator of Dick Brubaker Chevrolet from 1963-84 when he merged with Grebner Motors and retired from there in 1993. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and had been on the Board of Directors at Union Federal Savings & Loan and the Kewanee Public Library. He was also a senior member of the Men’s Coffee Club and Chairman of the Widow and Widowers Club. He was an avid fisherman and craftsman and enjoyed fishing at Lake of the Ozarks and doing woodworking projects, especially making wooden toys.
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