Dr. Earl Clinton Stubbe, 95, of Waterford, passed away September 2, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born in McKean Township January 8, 1920, the seventh of ten children of Albert and Sarah Rose Stubbe. He graduated from Rice Ave. Union HS in Girard in 1938. His education was interrupted by World War II, where he served with the 315th Bomb Wing in Guam as a radar operator on a B-29. He flew on the last bombing mission of the war, then dropped supplies to POWs in Japan. He survived a crash landing after his plane was damaged in a typhoon.
Earl completed his degree at Edinboro College and later earned an M.S. at Columbia and an Ed.D. at Penn State. He taught at several area high schools before becoming the first principal of Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1955. In 1967 he became Assistant County Superintendent and helped set up the Intermediate Units. As Assistant Director of the NW Tri-County I.U., he helped found the Erie County Vo-Tech School. After retirement he served as Business Manager at Millcreek and acting Superintendent at Union City.
Dr. Stubbe’s life was dedicated to the service of family, friends and community. He was president of the Erie County Athletic Association and the Waterford Development Corporation, and an active member of the Lion弔贋穴ﾜ｢s Club and the Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society. He spent many hours restoring the Eagle Hotel. He served the Waterford Presbyterian Church in many capacities, and helped design the addition which now bears his name. Until recently he volunteered many hours helping other seniors with taxes. He traveled around the U.S. and the world, often to serve educational projects, or to attend reunions of the 315th. He built props for school plays. He could fix nearly anything. Despite his age, he cared for his wife through her extended illness. Last year he fulfilled a lifelong wish to see the Panama Canal. He has received many honors and awards, including Lion of the Year, the Melvin Jones award, the Fort LeBoeuf Wall of Fame, and recently, the dedication of the Fort LeBoeuf Yearbook.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Carol Davis Stubbe, and his nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son Gordon, daughter Marilyn, granddaughter Vivian Freeland, and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Viewing hours will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford, 112 W. 3rd St., Saturday, Sept. 5th from 7 to 9 pm, Sunday the 6th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm (Lion弔贋穴ﾜ｢s Service of Remembrance at 8:45), and Monday the 7th at 10 am. Funeral services will be at the church Monday at 11:00 am, followed by burial at Waterford Cemetery.
Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford, Waterford Ministerium, or Waterford Food Pantry (814-796-4110), Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society (PO Box 622), Fort LeBoeuf Foundation (PO Box 810), or the Lion弔贋穴ﾜ｢s Club International Fund (lcif.org). (Waterford, PA 16441).