Our Dad, American Soldier & Hero, Wendell Roosevelt Gubler passed away Saturday, March 14th surrounded by his family at the Veteranâ€™s Home in Ivins beneath the “Big Red Mountain” that he has always called home.
Roosevelt was born August 2, 1922 in Santa Clara, Utah to Harmon and Myrtle Laub Gubler. In 1925, his family moved to Ivins where he spent his life living, learning and loving. His father and mother taught him the importance of faith, commitment, and hard work. In June 1942, he married the love of his life, Cleo Beulah Hunt, in the St. George Temple. Dad always referred to Mom as his “Sweetie”. Their union is one of love, honor and respect for each other, their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
During their early years of marriage, Dad spent thirty nine months in the Air Force serving his country. What a glorious Thanksgiving Day when he returned home to be with his family forever. Through his military service he grew to love his country and served it with honor and dignity. His example of patriotism and love for his country are some of his most admirable qualities. Another wonderful quality was his strong work ethic. He could work around the clock. During the day he was a mechanic for Rocky Mountain Company, and in the evening he was a farmer. However, he always had time for his family, friends, and neighbors.
Roosevelt was a faithful member of the LDS church where he served in many various callings: as a counselor in several bishoprics, Sunday School teacher, Young Menâ€™s program, Home Teacher, Bishop, Branch President at the Shivwits Branch, and a full time missionary with his wife in the New Mexico-Albuquerque Mission. He also served as an Ivins City Councilman and Mayor for eight years.
His family, Cleo Buelah Hunt Gubler (Wife), Ron (Sue) Gubler, Barbara (Dennis) Morwood, Linda (Delwin) Wilson, Dennis (Sirpa) Gubler, Deborah Gubler (deceased), Bruce (Kalyn) Gubler, Wendell (Peggy) Gubler, and Patricia Gubler (deceased) are honored to call him â€œOur Dadâ€�. He is also survived by his brother Brent H. (Darlene) Gubler and many grandchildren.
Roosevelt was welcomed to his heavenly home by his two loving infant daughters, Deborah and Patricia; his parents, Harmon and Myrtle Laub Gubler; his brother Stanley L. Gubler; his sister Matha Gubler Chesney; 2 grandchildren, Brenda Kay Morwood and Delwin Kyle Wilson; and many more extended family members and friends.
Services will be held Saturday, March 21st, at 1:30 p.m. at the Center Street Chapel 15 N. Main Street in Ivins. The viewings will be Friday, March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George Utah and Saturday, March 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Center Street Chapel. Interment will take place in the Santa Clara City Cemetery with Military Honors.