Richard E. “Dick” Hubbard was born on February 14, 1939 in Blockton, Iowa, to Clarke and Pauline Hubbard. He attended grade school in Clearfield, Iowa and moved with his family to Riverton, Wyoming 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, Wyoming, in the fall of 1961 where he met Helen M. Hoge while she was also starting her teaching career. They were married on July 21, 1962 in Bismarck, North Dakota, and have been married for over 51 years.
He taught Agricultural Education, Welding, Ag Mechanics, Cooperative Vocational Education and Ag Science. He was also the FFA Advisor from 1961 to 2003 for the Bear Lodge FFA Chapter in Sundance, Wyoming. His accomplishments can be measured by student and program success. Some of his most memorable teaching experiences were having 2 National FFA Proficiency Winners, and a Three-Star National Gold Emblem FFA Chapter. He was the first shop teacher in the state to introduce MIG and TIG Welding to the shop program in the 1960‘s and Plasma Cutting in 1986. He introduced Aquaculture into his Ag Science curriculum and was in the first group of Ag teachers to introduce computers and Agri-Data to his students. His keeping on top of modern 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, had numerous State and National winning 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 that ever had a student win a National Award – 5 top four National Semi-Finalists and 2 National Winners out of over 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 4 years; Member of the Sundance Chamber of Commerce for 27 years and President for 2 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 Helen also owned and managed the Arrowhead Motel for 34 years and was the father of 3 children. He is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Helen, Sundance, WY; children, son, Todd and wife, Connie Hubbard and grandchildren, Tobias and Elizabeth, Spearfish, SD, daughter, Laurie (Hubbard) Harrington and grandchildren, Alyssa and Hayden Harrington, The Woodlands, TX, and daughter, Dr. Tonya Hubbard, Canon City, CO; sister, Mary Mayo, Caldwell, ID & children; brother, C. Dean and wife, Jennifer Hubbard & children, Clovis, CA; half-sister, Barbara, Caldwell, ID & children in ID & Gillette, WY; cousin, Linda Mae and husband, Jim Crago Shannon City, IA.
Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance. Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Sundance United Methodist Church in Sundance. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit the Wyoming FFA Foundation, PO Box 71, Cheyenne, WY, 82003.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com