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Richard Hubbard

Oct 28, 2013 - Staff

Richard Hubbard, formerly of Riverton, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Crook County Long Term Care Center. He was 74 years old.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 26, at Sundance United Methodist Church in Sundance.

Richard E. "Dick" Hubbard was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Blockton, Iowa, the son of Clarke and Pauline Hubbard.

He attended grade school in Clearfield, Iowa, and moved with his family to Riverton in 1951. He graduated from Riverton High School in 1957 and attended Casper College for two years, earning his Associate of Science degree. He attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education and 60 hours of graduate credits.

He started his teaching career in Sundance in the fall of 1961 where he met Helen M. Hoge while she was also starting her teaching career. They married July 21, 1962, in Bismarck, N.D.

Mr. Hubbard taught agricultural education, welding, ag mechanics, cooperative vocational education and ag science. He was also the FFA adviser from 1961 to 2003 for the Bear Lodge FFA Chapter in Sundance.

His keeping on top of technology enabled his students to win the state mechanics championships at the Wyoming State Fair for 26 years. He was nominated several times to the Who's Who Among American Teachers list, had numerous state and national-qualifying students, was a charter member of the National FFA Alumni, was selected as the Wyoming Agricultural Education Teacher of the Year in 1995 and 1996, holds the honorary Wyoming and honorary American FFA degrees, was a life member of the Wyoming and National FFA Alumni Association, and was the only teacher in the history of Sundance High School who ever had a student win a national award - five top-four national semi-finalists and two national winners out of more than 500,000 students nationwide. In addition, he taught adult education welding classes for 12 years.

In addition to his academic achievements, he served numerous years in civic and community organizations: member of Sundance City Council for 14 years; chairman of the Crook County Bicentennial Commission in 1975 and 1976; charter member of the Crook County Sheriff's Posse for 10 years and chairman for four years; member of the Sundance Chamber of Commerce for 27 years and president for two years; member of Sundance School PTA for 10 years; member of the Bear Lodge Snowmobile Club for 25 years; charter member of the Sundance Trap Shooting Club for 20 years; Sundance Community Food Basket Program for 15 years; and Sundance Community Blue Bag Recycling Program for 10 years. In addition, he helped organize the Crook County Search and Rescue Team, establish the Sundance Kiwanis Club, and was a delegate to the WAM Convention.

He and his wife also owned and managed the Arrowhead Motel for 34 years, and he was the father of three children.

He is survived by his wife of more than 51 years, Helen, of Sundance; son Todd Hubbard and his wife Connie and their children Tobias and Elizabeth of Spearfish, S.D.; daughter Laurie (Hubbard) Harrington and her children Alyssa and Hayden Harrington of The Woodlands, Texas; daughter Dr. Tonya Hubbard of Canon City, Colo.; sister Mary Mayo of Caldwell, Idaho, and her children; brother C. Dean Hubbard and his wife Jennifer and their children of Clovis, Calif.; half-sister Barbara of Caldwell, Idaho, and her children in Idaho and Gillette; and cousin Linda Mae Crago and her husband Jim of Shannon City, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit the Wyoming FFA Foundation, P.O. Box 71, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

Online condolences may be left at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

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