William R. Stubbs, 97, of Westfield, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Wellbrooke of Westfield after a long battle with dementia. He was born on January 6, 1922 to Leonard and Esther (Weaver) Stubbs in Noblesville, Indiana in their home on Evans Avenue. Bill married Frances L. Evans and were married 65 years at the time of her death.
He was a past member of Hinkle Creek Friends Church and current member of Westfield Friends Church. Bill graduated from Noblesville High School in 1940. He went to work at Firestone Rubber Products for a short time, then entered the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. Bill was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. After leaving the Army, he worked for his wife’s grandfather as an interior/exterior painter. Bill was then offered a job at the Indianapolis Water Company and worked there until his retirement. He was a patrolman for Morse Reservoir and did a lot of maintenance work there.
After retirement, Bill enjoyed taking up painting and has many beautiful oil paintings hanging in various places throughout Hamilton County. One he was particularly fond of is the old Purina Mill that now hangs in Ginger’s Café in Noblesville. Bill was a past president of the Hamilton County Artists Association and displayed many of his paintings through that venue. Bill was also an excellent carpenter and finish carpenter. He made kitchen cabinets as a side income and made many beautiful cabinets for various people in Cicero, Westfield, and Noblesville along with building his own custom cabinets for their home. He wasn’t afraid to tackle any job at hand. Bill was considered a carpenter, a mechanic, an artist, and loved helping others when his services were needed. He set a great example for anyone who knew him. The best description of him was a kind, gentle and patient man. Bill was proud of his family and loved helping any of them anyway he could. His neighbors were blessed as well since he spent many hours giving a helping hand to them.
He is survived by his two sons, William R. Stubbs II and his wife, Sharon, and Robert A. Stubbs and his wife, Paulette; 5 grandsons, Chris (Leslie) Stubbs, Jeff (Emily) Stubbs, David (Esther) Stubbs, Brian (Shannon) Stubbs, and Andrew (Kate) Stubbs; one granddaughter, Kaneesha (Brian) Gats; 9 great-grandchildren, Liam Stubbs, Jesse Stubbs, Abigail Stubbs, Harper Stubbs, Hadley Stubbs, Hayven Stubbs, Lucy Stubbs, Evelyn Stubbs, Heidi Stubbs; and 3 step-children, Kenneth (Sharon) Kingery, Susie (Ron) Cosgrove, and Nancy Hoerger.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances; sisters, Frances L. Martin and Marjorie Hinshaw; two nieces; and his second wife of two years, Peggy Kingery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, in Noblesville. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the funeral home, with Pastor Steve Pedigo officiating. Burial will follow at Hinkle Creek Cemetery in Noblesville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hinkle Creek Friends Cemetery Association, c/o Greg Cammack, 21617 Hinkle Road Noblesville, IN 46062.
Rest well from your labors, Bill, and enjoy that beautiful Heaven where we will see you again.