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Regis E. Brubaker, born Nov. 23, 1929, died April 20 at home after suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for years. He was the fifth child of Ord and Lista (Hoover) Brubaker in Duncansville, Pa. Regis was raised in the Carson Valley Church of the Brethren and as an adult became a member. After graduating from Hollidaysburg High School in 1947, he worked briefly at a local bakery before joining the United States Air Force. He served honorably for more than 24 years with foreign tours in Germany, Spain, Libya, Japan, Canada and England. Upon completion of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, he was transferred to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to study radio communications and became an instructor. After sustaining an ankle injury sliding into home plate, he was reassigned to George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. There he met and married the former Joyce Cowden, a WAF, stationed at the base and in 1950. The marriage produced five children over an 18-year span. A good husband, father and grandfather, Regis was faithfully devoted to God, family and country. He was well-liked and respected by the airmen and civilians under his leadership and rose to the rank of senior master sergeant. His lifelong love of sports was reflected in coaching his wife’s softball team and his sons’ baseball teams. He was an avid chess player and member of the U.S. Chess Federation. While in the military, he represented air commands in tournaments and won numerous trophies. He shared his enthusiasm for the game by founding a chess club for the youth of Moore in later years. In 1975, Regis graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in business management. After retiring from the military and a short stint in real estate, he attained a GS 14 level in civil service at Tinker Air Force Base. He retired from civil service to watch the birds and playful squirrels in the backyard and try his hand at small-scale gardening and landscaping. Regis is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home; daughter, Debra Stellar and husband John of Fort Worth, Texas; sons, David Brubaker and Deron Brubaker of Moore; son, Daryl Brubaker of Oklahoma City; son, Duane Brubaker of Queens, N.Y.; brother, Clifford Brubaker and wife Mary, of Richmond, Va.; brother, Elwood Brubaker of Mineral Point, Pa.; sister, Nova Brubaker and husband Harold, of Altoona, Pa.; grandchildren, Lori Kimbrough; Traci Merriman and husband Chad; Lynne Fernandez and husband Joe; Denyse Goines and great-grandchildren, Mason Kimbrough; Tyson Kimbrough; Cody Mitchell; Ashlee Gonzales; Baylee Shipman; Kevin Goines; Emily Stanford; Ripley Fernandez; and Dylan Merriman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ord and Lista Brubaker; brothers, Elvin Brubaker and Brice Brubaker; sister, Reta Brubaker; grandchildren, Terri Kimbrough and Derek Brubaker; and beloved Aunt Nova Hoover. A special thanks to the Crossroads Hospice for the care given to our husband, father and grandfather. Services were April 23 at Southgate Baptist Church. Interment was at Smith Cemetery, Moore, under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore.
Published on  April 27, 2011
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