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James Tubbs

December 1, 1936 — June 11, 2014

Longtime Sherman County, Kansas resident James “Lee” Tubbs, 77, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Goodland, Kansas, in Good Samaritan Society—Sherman County.

He was born December 1, 1936, at a sod house north of Ruleton, Kansas, the son of Mary “Vena” (Light) and Wilbur Tubbs.  He attended Ruleton Grade School, graduated with the class of 1955 from Sherman Community High School in Goodland, and then furthered his education at US Trade School and Pratt Junior College.

On December 28, 1957, he and Ruby Edna Runge were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington, Colorado.  They were members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  He had been a farmer, tractor mechanic, fuel truck driver, and bus driver.

Preceding him in death were granddaughter Julia Van Vleet; his parents; brother Frank Tubbs and his wife Marty; sister Alice Duell and her husband Eugene; brother-in-law Leon Hooker; nephews Barton Duell, Virgil Duell, and Jim Tubbs; and niece Kathy Tubbs.

Surviving family includes his wife Ruby Tubbs; daughter Mary Ann Van Vleet and her husband George, all of Goodland; son Wilbur Tubbs and his wife Janet of Bentonville, Arkansas; daughter Bette Lou Palmer and her husband Brett of North Platte, Nebraska; grandchildren Joshua Tubbs and fiancé Fioanna Lysle of Pratt; Justin Van Vleet and his wife Crystal of Goodland; Brandon Van Vleet and his wife Eryn of Goodland; Roy Palmer and his significant other Ceciela Kipp of Superior, Nebraska; James Palmer and his wife April of Atwood; Laurie Palmer of Colby; Billy Palmer of Atwood; Jim Pendergrass of Bentonville, Arkansas; Jody Pendergrass and his wife LeShawna of Hutchinson; great-grandchildren Jacob Tubbs, Alyana Tubbs, Keirra Tubbs, Karlissa Shepard, Tailynn Van Vleet, Ryker Van Vleet, Kamleigh Van Vleet, Willow Palmer, Kayla Pendergrass, Jessie Pendergrass, Peyton Pendergrass, Megan Anthony, Allison Morgan; sister Janice Hooker of Kanorado; and special family member Erica Palmer.

The memorial service will be Saturday, June 14, at 10:30 AM MT, at Koons Chapel in Goodland, with Pastor Darian Hybl officiating.  There will be visitation with family present from 5-7 PM MT on Friday, at Koons Chapel.
Memorials may be designated to Alzheimer’s Association or Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and may be left at or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS  67735-1555.
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