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Frank Hubp - August 06, 2011


Lt. Colonel Frank Hubp was born in Mexico City on Aug. 2, 1927 to Otto and Francis Potter Hubp (from Great Britain). He died Aug. 6, 2011.

He grew up in Mexico City until his father gave up his dairy business and moved the family to Houston, Texas in 1940. Two years later, his father was hired by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and moved the family to Venezuela, but Frank stayed in Houston to start high school. Then his parents sent him to finish high school in New Brunswick, Canada, where he graduated from Mount Allison Academy.

Frank originally enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946. He graduated from Airborne (jump) School and served as a radio/teletype operator in the Panama Canal Zone and Germany. Frank was discharged in 1949 and took advantage of the GI Bill to enroll in animal husbandry and Army ROTC at Colorado A&M. He graduated and went on active duty as a second lieutenant in January 1954.

After receiving his commission, Frank convinced his college girlfriend Janet Lee Smythe to marry, and his first assignment was with a 280mm Atomic Cannon Battalion in Germany.

He then went on to serve with the 1st Calvary Division in Korea in 1959; as a ROTC instructor at North Dakota State University in 1960; an 8” (SP) Field Artillery Battalion, again in Germany in 1963; as battalion commander of the 1st Brigade (CST) in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. in 1966; a G-5 Psy-Ops advisor with II Corps in Pleiku, Vietnam in 1967-68; then an artillery advisor to the Colorado National Guard in Denver in 1969; and as deputy commander of the School of the Americas in Ft. Gulick, the Panama Canal Zone in 1970. Frank’s final assignment was at Fort Hood, Texas, where he retired in June 1976.

His many military decorations included the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaves, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaves and the Air Medal for his C-47 flights dropping radio receivers over the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

In 1995, while Frank was serving as mayor of Holyoke, his first wife, Janet, was diagnosed with cancer and passed away. He then took a trip to see friends in Punta Gorda, Fla. and met Eileen Cole, who was a choir member of a local church. Their close friendship turned to love, and Eileen and Frank were very happily married on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1999.

Frank and Eileen left Florida and moved to Air Force Village II in San Antonio, Texas in October 2002, where Frank was surrounded by many valued new and old friends—and where he was very proud to be living amongst so many true American heroes.

Frank is survived by his wife, Eileen; sons, Dan and his wife Jing and their son Zeon, Lance and his son Carson Dzuris and Ron and his wife Dawn and their son Jackson; stepson, Richard Cole; stepdaughter, Diane Mannion and her husband John; brother, Donald Hubp and his wife Barbara; and many nieces and nephews.

The graveside service was scheduled for Aug. 11 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. The memorial service was scheduled to follow at Air Force Village II at High Flight Chapel in San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Chapel Fund at Air Force Village II, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78245.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.

Arrangements were made with Porter Loring Mortuaries in San Antonio.