Published 12:00 am Monday, November 17, 2008
Arthur E. Dubke, 80
Arthur Edward Dubke, 80, of Austin died on Nov. 14, 2008, at his home.
He was born July 30, 1928 to Arthur and Adella (Fink) Dubke in Austin. Art grew up in Austin and graduated from St. Augustine Catholic High School in 1946. He was a mass server during his school years and also while in the Army. A veteran of World War II with the Eleventh Airborne Division, Art spent a year in Japan. There he earned his Paratrooper Wings and his Glider Wings. A member of the American Legion, life member of DAV and of the 187th Regimental Combat Team, he was very proud of his service time. He married Maxine “Mickey” Hanson on May 28, 1949, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. They made their home in Austin where Art’s father taught him the bakery business. A life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Art was also a long time member of Lions International. He belonged to the Austin “Noon” Lions and was an associate member of Mesa “Host” Arizona Lions Club. Art chaired many committees and held several elective offices. He was elected District Governor for 1996-97 and served as a trustee of the Lions MD5M Hearing Foundation at the University of Minnesota for ten years. Also while a member of the Lions, he earned many awards, such as: the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Helen Keller Sight Award, Hearing Research Fellowship, Lions Club International Foundation, Lion of the Year and five International Presidents Certificates of Appreciation. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association and a Tennessee Squire of Moore County, Tenn. During his marriage to Mickey, Art attended St. Olaf Lutheran Church where he was a Stephen’s minister. After her death he returned to his Catholic background where he was deacon and committee member at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Art was a caregiver for several older adults and delivered Meals on Wheels. He served on the Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee and was involved in the Ambassadors, Jaycees, Izaac Walton League, United Way, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Wild Turkey Federation and Hiawatha “71.” He retired in 1993 from Sterling Bank. Mickey died on July 12, 2001. Art spent winters in Arizona from 2002 through last year.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Bruce) Tiegen, Bemidji, Joan (Daniel) Gunderson, Madison, Wis.; five grandchildren, Brooke, Ashley and Hailey Tiegen, Derek (Jessica) and Stefanie Gunderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mickey; three infant children, Edward, JoAnn and James.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may greet the family for one hour prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, is in charge of arrangements. Interment is at Calvary Cemetery in Austin with military honors by American Legion Post 91. Memorials are preferred to Minnesota Lions Bank and Minnesota Lions Hearing Foundation.