Donald “Don” Willford Tubbs Sr., 59 of Gaylord, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at McLaren Northern Michigan. Born in Gaylord on October 7, 1960, Don was the son of Willford James and Jerroland Daisy (Winter) Tubbs.
He was raised in Vienna Corners attended Johannesburg Lewiston Area Schools and graduated in 1978. He began working as a teenager at IGA and Ames Grocery Stores in Lewiston until he found his forever job in 1986 at Purchase Sales in Gaylord where he worked for 26 years. He worked for the Otsego County Bus System upon retirement. Don enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, BBQ’s, snowmobiling and trail riding. Most of all, his pride and joy was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
On August 16, 1997, Don married the love of his life, Darlene Hadfield who survives. Also surviving is his son, Donald “DJ” (Brandy) Tubbs Jr of Fredericksburg VA; his daughters, Michelle (John) Beesley of Gaylord, Nicole (Casey) Tubbs of Gaylord and Alyssa (Jon) Barraw of Gaylord; grandchildren, Caleb, Justin, Jacob, Mason, Rowen, Karson, Grayson, Pierce, Broker, Maxwell and Nicholas; a great-granddaughter, Kiara; brothers and sisters, Joe (Kelly) Tubbs of Johannesburg, Dave Tubbs of Arizona, Lois Faulkner of Battle Creek, Gale (Robert) Klein of Gaylord, Dale Black of Vienna, Rick Tubbs of East Lansing, John Tubbs of Lewiston; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Peggy and his brother, James.
Visitation will take place from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, June 15, 2020 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service. A graveside service will take place 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Meridian Line Cemetery in Johannesburg. In lieu of flowers, those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to the family through the funeral home, P.O. Box 249, Gaylord MI 49734. Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at www.gaylordfuneralhome.com