“If you knew him, you loved him!”

John “Squeaky” Hubbell of Vancouver, WA, passed away on April 7, 2013. He was born in Albany, OR, to Aubrey and Mary (Wilder) Hubbell. Hub and Pinky moved their family to Astoria in 1948. John attended Star of the Sea Grade School and Astoria High School, class of 1960. 

He proudly served his country for four years in the U.S. Air Force, and then attended the University of Oregon. 

John married Darlene Rubino in 1967, and together they had two daughters, Valerie and Teresa. Following Darlene’s untimely death, he raised his girls in Beaverton, OR. In November 2000, another bright star came into his life when granddaughter Jadyn was born. 

The job that had the most impact on John’s life was Oregon Steel Mills. It was there he met his second wife and best friend, Renee. Their experience at OSM provided them the opportunity to retire early, enjoy life and travel the world. 

John’s friends know he had many interests – travel, history and, of course, sports; he passionately followed his Fighting Fishermen and Oregon Ducks.

Family and friends were of the utmost importance to John. 

He is survived by his wife, Renee; daughters, Valerie and Teresa; granddaughter, Jadyn; brothers, Jim (Pam) and Joe (Teresa); and sister, Kate Hendrickson. He was loved by a large extended family and a multitude of great friends.     

John fought a courageous battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma and heart damage. He wanted us to thank Dr. Bruce Dana as well as the Doctors at Vancouver Clinic, for their excellent care and concern over the years. 

At his request, there will be no service. We will spread his ashes in one of his favorite places, the Columbia River Gorge. He wanted us to have a party – a Celebration of Life – on a sunny day, in the future, when we were through our initial grieving. 

Remembrances may be made to Astoria High School Athletic Fund, 1001 West Marine Drive, Astoria, OR  97103, or a charity of your choice. 

Please sign his guest book at: www. columbian.com/obits

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