Born Dec. 20, 1929, in Canton, he was the son of the late Willard and Mildred Hasseman Hubbard.
Skip was a lifelong resident of Carroll County and a 1947 graduate of Malvern High School. He retired in 1992 from The Timken Company in Canton after 25 years of service. In his younger years, Skip was a fast pitch softball player in Carroll and Stark counties. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and Browns. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing cards with his sons, his wife, and his friends. Above all, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His family will miss and cherish his humor, stories, and homemade ice cream.
On June 9, 1984, he married Mary Lou Hutchins Kerns, who survives along with his children and step-children, as follows: sons, Bob (Deb) Hubbard and Randy (Marci) Hubbard, both of Malvern; daughter, Lee Ann Riter (Scott Leuenberger) of Minerva; bonus son, Mike (Brooke) Wood of Malvern; stepsons, Robert (Alison) Kerns of New Philadelphia and Scott (Julie) Kerns of Tuscarawas; stepdaughters, Tammy Kerns (Jamie Zerbe) of Lima and Penny Kerns (Darren Teis) of Malvern; grandchildren, Shannon (Jeff) Evans of Louisville, Brett (Kathy) Hubbard of Columbus, Jason (Karen) Hubbard of Norton, Jeremy Hubbard (Sara) of Canton, Zac Riter of Minerva, and Danielle Hubbard and Morgan Hubbard (Josh), both of Malvern; step-grandchildren, Jordan Doane of Minerva, Justin Doane of Navarre, Tanea (Spencer) Levengood of New Cumberland, O., and Kami Kerns of Tuscarawas; great-grandchildren, Zoe, Harper, London, Ahna, Jada, Shelby, Bridget, Abbi, Bella, Gavin, and Ashlynn; and his siblings, Pauline (Dick) Wingerter and David (Chris) Hubbard, both of Canton, Charles Hubbard of Carrollton, and Shirley Hubbard of Bullhead City, AZ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Schen.
Calling hours for Skip will be held Monday, Nov. 23 from 5-8 p.m. in Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home in Sherrodsville. No formal funeral service is planned. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave., S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663. To leave an online condolence message, visit www.baxtergardner.com.