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Robert A. Strubbe

Robert A. Strubbe, 74, of Versailles passed away at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020 at his home. He was born in the Tanglewood Community near Versailles on August 23, 1946 the son of Lee and Mary Ann Firth Strubbe. He was married to Mary Bartlett on August 14, 1970 and he and Mary just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.


Other survivors include two daughters Lydia (Greg) Gardner of Versailles and Laura Strubbe of Cincinnati; three grandchildren Jordan (Andrew) Griffith, Rylie Gardner, and Charlie Gardner all of Versailles; one brother Steve (Madeline) Strubbe of Summerville, South Carolina; one sister Judy Smith of Greendale. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Firth Shelpman, and his sister Caroline McCarty.


Mr. Strubbe was a 1964 graduate of Versailles High School. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in education at Ball State University and while there he was a member of the Lamda Chi Fraternity. Bob did his student teaching at Lawrenceburg High School and was later hired there where his career spanned 30 years, retiring in 2000. One of his great treasures while at Lawrenceburg was being sponsor of the Key Club, ultimately placing as the #1 Key Club in the state.
He was also an Army Veteran where he served with the 2nd Squadron of the 3rd Army as a field radio mechanic in Germany. For service to his country Bob received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was also a farmer and loved tending to his cattle. Bob was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church, the Versailles Masonic Lodge, and the Versailles American Legion.


Bob’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 19 at the Tanglewood Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Margaret Mary Hospital or the Versailles American Legion in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.