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Walter B. Hubbell

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February 18, 1929 ~ April 13, 2012

Walter B. Hubbell, Captain, USN Retired
Following a courageous battle to recover from a tragic fall last year, Walter was compassionately granted eternal peace April 13, 2012. Walter departed this life at home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Marlese Hubbell. A hero and inspiration to his surviving children, John Hubbell (Nancy), Judy Henry (Greg) and Anna Koropchak (Philip). His loving grandchildren, Jack, Grace, Nick, Maddie and Kayla. His sisters Mary Petersen of Wichita, KS, Lucy Berry of Tulsa, OK and brother John Hubbell of Kent. OH. He is preceded in death by his son, David Lee Hubbell, parents Clarence and Nancy Hubbell, brothers Paul, Clarence, Joe and sister Jessie Scaggs.

Walter was born February 18, 1929 in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Navy July 11, 1946. He advanced to signalman, third class, on the Kearsarge (CV33) before entering the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1953. As a Midshipman, Walter earned the honor of All American playing defense for the 1953 USNA Lacrosse team. He served on the Logan (APA 196) and the submarines Sea Leopard, Barbero, Abraham Lincoln, Sailfish and commanded Corporal. Walter also served as Director of Tactics, at Submarine School and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces before serving as Chief Staff Officer on Submarine Squadron 14 in Holy Loch, Scotland. He served in J5 Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff before retiring in November 1976.

After retiring, Walter attended George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA, earning a degree in nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse. He worked for Arlington Hospital (VHC) and Alexandria Hospital (INOVA) for fifteen years.

He delighted in playing softball with the Northern Virginia Senior Softball Association until he was 75 years of age.

A memorial service in Walter's honor will be held at 11am, May 5, 2012 at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22308. A burial with full military honors will be held for Captain Hubbell at Arlington National Cemetery (date not yet confirmed).

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request donations in Walter's memory be made to Capital Caring Hospice on line www.capitalcaring.org or mailed to Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Ct., Falls Church, VA 22042. On line condolences may be left at www.funeralchoices.com .

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  1. Dear grieving family, My wife and I are very sorry for your tremendous loss and would like to express our condolences to the entire family. We cannot imagine the great pain and sorrow you are experiencing during this most difficult time. When we lose someone we love so dearly we are left with a very strong desire to see that person again. It’s wonderful to know that Jehovah God has promised we will see our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. John chapter 5 verses 28 and 29 gives this wonderful reassurance: "Do not marvel at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." What a marvelous hope! Once again we wish to express our condolences to the family. Although we cannot erase the pain and sorrow you are feeling, it is our hope that this can give you a small measure of comfort.

  2. I’ll always treasure many softball experiences I shared with Walt on the NVSS fields of battle. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.

  3. My condolences to all the Hubbell family, but especially to Judy Henry. Judy, I have wonderful memories of you. Your father sounds like an extraordinary man. My love, Jan Van Metre

  4. For John Hubbell:Learned of your loss from the Post obituary. It was a very nice tribute to a distinguished Naval officer and after retirement, an accomplished health care provider. It was a pleasure to meet him and enjoy his company. Our prayers and condolences. Cherry Hatten, Mary Bogdanski, (Neighbors at Colington Harbour)

  5. Dear Aunt Marlese, I offer you my prayers during this difficult time in your life on oooooh so many levels. Uncle Walt was so special…one of a kind….and I hope you find some consolation that yours was a blessed loving marriage of longstanding. ……John, Judy, and Anna…you, too, are in my prayers as I know how much you miss your dear father right now. I lost my father,your father’s brother, Joe, when he was only age 59, and I still miss him dearly. Love and Hugs to each of you today. This obit is lovely. Blessings again….Claudette

  6. Dear Aunt Marlese, I offer you my prayers during this difficult time in your life on oooooh so many levels. Uncle Walt was so special…one of a kind….and I hope you find some consolation that yours was a blessed loving marriage of longstanding. ……John, Judy, and Anna…you, too, are in my prayers as I know how much you miss your dear father right now. I lost my father,your father’s brother, Joe, when he was only age 59, and I still miss him dearly. Love and Hugs to each of you today. This obit is lovely. Blessings again….Claudette

  7. Sorry to hear of your loss. May God Bless each and everyone to keep the faith and courage to carry on

  8. Fair winds and following seas sailor. “Boatswain… Standby to pipe the side… Shipmate’s going Ashore…” Thank you Capt. Walter for your service to this nation. Career U.S. Navy. Captain.


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