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Columbia Missourian

Gerald Stubbs, 90, WWII veteran, loved family history

By Claire Boston
July 30, 2013 | 8:49 p.m. CDT

*Mr. Stubbs' wife was named Mary. An earlier version of this obituary included an incorrect name. She died earlier.

COLUMBIA — Gerald Leon Stubbs of Columbia died Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was 90.

His daughter, Melinda Marsh, remembered her father as a hard worker who developed an interest in family history in his later years. Mr. Stubbs became interested in genealogy after he helped a cousin write a book about one family line, she said. Mr. Stubbs began to research other lines and would try to learn new information whenever he traveled.

"His grandmother would tell stories when he was little, and he wished he would have had some of that stuff written down," Marsh said. "He tried to do that for his grandkids."

Marsh said her father's research was time-consuming and required great patience. She said he was probably drawn to the subject after seeing so many changes in his lifetime.

"He liked history himself," she said "As he was growing up, things changed so much. That probably made him interested."

Mr. Stubbs was born Nov. 7, 1922. He grew up in Camden Point during the Great Depression and served in the Philippines as a member of the Army during World War II.

He was a member of Olivet Christian Church. He and his wife, Mary*, lived in Independence for many years before moving to Columbia in 1989. Mr. Stubbs had been living in a veteran home in Mexico, Mo., since March 2011.

Mr. Stubbs is survived by his daughter, Melinda Marsh, and her husband, John; three grandchildren, Andrew Marsh and his wife, Valerie, Margaret Marsh and Caroline Marsh; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Marsh; one brother-in-law, Tom Cockrill; one sister-in-law, Ruby Shackelford; three nieces, Leonna Cockrill, Brenda Stubbs Akers and Cathy Stubbs; and two nephews, Dennis Norris and Tom Stubbs.

His wife, Mary, his parents, Charles and Mary Stubbs, and one brother, Robert Stubbs, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at 3 p.m at the same location.

Memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Home, #1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, MO 65265 or the Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Road, Columbia, MO 65201.

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