Ray Woodrow 'Cubby' McCubbins


Posted: Friday, June 25, 2004

Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Ray Woodrow "Cubby" McCubbins died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 90.

Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Forest Drive in Kenai and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 28, at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School, prior to the funeral service at 4 p.m. in the auditorium. Bishop Garth Reid will officiate. Burial will be in the Kenai Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his sons, David, Ray Jr., Curtis, Aaron, James and Andrew McCubbins.

Mr. McCubbins was born Sept. 8, 1913, the son of Lawrence Jasper McCubbins and Diasy Blanche Rowden, in Yukon, Mo. He graduated from high school in Gladbrook, Iowa. Mr. McCubbins was a flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force. He began his residence in Alaska in 1941, when he came to work for Greene Construction, building the Alaska Highway.

Mr. McCubbins worked for Pan America World Airways as a flight engineer during the 1940s and 1950s in Fairbanks. He was an operating engineer in Anchorage in the late 1950s. He also worked for the state of Alaska in Anchorage as an agent for the departments of Revenue and Transportation and Public Facilities through the 1960s and early 1970s. He returned to being an operating engineer and worked at McGrath Air Force Site for RCA prior to his retirement. He retired in 1982 from RCA and Local No. 302 Operating Engineers.

Mr. McCubbins was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as high council member, branch president of the Chugiak and Seward branches, and a patriarch of the Soldotna Alaska Stake. He also was past president of Fairbanks Musicians Union, Local No. 481, and a former member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Kiwanis and Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteered for Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouts organizations and at the Kenai and Nikiski senior citizens centers. He was a librarian at the Soldotna Family History Center and served on the city of Kenai Harbor Commission.

Mr. McCubbins enjoyed bowling, fishing, reading, genealogy and playing his musical instruments.

"Warm, kind, loving, gentle our beloved husband and father was remarkable in his Christlike love for others and his ability to see and appreciate only the good in his fellow man. Music was a lifelong passion and he never met a musical instrument he couldn't conquer. From his earliest musical ventures when he first picked up his fiddle and bow, on into vaudeville and then playing his string bass, vibraharp and piano with various dance bands, he found that using his talents and abilities to lift others brought him a lifetime of joy," his family said.

"He also enjoyed solving complex mathematical and unique engineering problems. His entire life was an unselfish labor of love unfeigned, leaving his posterity an exceptional example to emulate. He strode with a whistle on his lips. He served with love in his heart. He sacrificed with charity in his soul. Buzzzooo ABAAPAAHATN! Doodle-oodle-oodle doo CHA, Daddy!" his family said with a song.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Lana Marie McCubbins and Teresa Mae Goggia.

Mr. McCubbins is survived by his son and daughter from his first family, Lawrence and wife, Donna, of Homer and Sue Ann Ramstad and husband, Phil, of Anchorage; wife, Margaret of Kenai, and their children, including Kathy Carlson and husband, Carl, of Kenai, David and wife, Valerie, of Austin, Texas, Karen Kumferman and husband, Edwin, of Rexburg, Idaho, Christine Zernzach and husband, Randall, of Dayton, Ohio, Ray Jr. (Woody) and wife, Melissa, of Wasilla, Lisa Thompson and husband, Michael, of Kenai, Mary McCubbins of Kenai, Curtis and wife, Rebecca of Sandy, Utah, Aaron of Provo, Utah, James and wife, Melanie, of Provo, Utah, Andrew and wife, Staci, of Salt Lake City, and Amy McCubbins of Kenai; and 39 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent in care of the family to P.O. Box 651 Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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