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Harry H. Hubbard, 85 of Sunbury, passed away Thursday (Sept. 8, 2011) at the home of his daughter in Johnstown following a nine-month illness.

Born in Hebron on Dec. 1, 1925, he was a son of the late James and Georgia (Rosenbaum) Hubbard. A lifelong resident of the Sunbury and Galena areas, he was a US Army veteran of WWII and a proud member of the 66th Division and the famed Black Panthers.

For more than 35 years he worked at Galena Shale Tile & Brick Company, primarily as a forklift operator. At his working prime, he loaded 200,000 bricks daily on semi trucks. In fact when he would miss work it was noticed that it took two workers to perform the same work load. He earned the nickname of “Hot Meat Harry” because of his famous hot sausage and pork. The word ornery only scratches the surface when describing his personality. He thought there was nothing better than a good bag of pork rinds and bluegrass music. Using his words and with a smile; “it’s not music if it is not bluegrass.”

Because of his friendly nature, Harry was known as Dad to many more than his own. He married the love of his life Mary Alice (Duncan) in 1947; they shared 58 wonderful years and together raised a loving family of whom they were most proud. Mary passed away in 2006.

He leaves behind his treasures and loving family of sons: Phillip (Anna) of Sunbury, Carl (Lisa) of Marion, Thomas (Marla) of Eagle Rock, VA, daughters: Alice (Leroy)Sheets of Centerburg, Tena (Doug) Stringer of Johnstown, son-in-law: Larry Jones, daughter-in-law: Edna Hubbard Stanley of Sunbury, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers: Carl (Patricia) Hubbard of Marengo, Lawrence (Sue) Hubbard of Cardington, sisters: Mary Clark of Delaware, Ruby (Everett) Helton of Sunbury, Lola (Roy) Page of Bristol, Tenn.

In addition to his wife and parents he was also preceded in death by son Audry Hubbard in 2006, daughter Arnetta Jones in 2002, brother Dallas Hubbard in 2001, and sister Juanita Phillips in 2001.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Hospice Chaplain Tom Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Galena Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058.

Condolences may be expressed at snyderfuneralhomes.com.

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