Daniel Michael Hubble
Daniel Michael Hubble
  • September 26, 1948 - September 20, 2014
  • Kansas City, Missouri

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Daniel Michael Hubble, 65, of Kansas City, died September 20, 2014, of COPD.

Dan had a varied and diverse career. Most recently, Dan owned and operated Advanced Suburban Transportation, Inc., in Overland Park. (Previously, he organized the taxicab drivers’ association in Kansas City, Mo.). He was an associate professor at DeVry University in Kansas City from 1983 to 1987. He enjoyed writing and was a journalist for a time, including a stint at the Kansas City Times during the mid-1970s. Among other publications, he wrote for the Southern Illinoisian and New York Newsday. He was among a team of reporters nominated for Pulitzer Prize in 1979.

Dan was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. At 17 he joined the military, and in his early 20s he traveled the country until he "ran out of gas in Kansas City and liked the town so much" he stayed the rest of his life.

He attended UMKC and earned a BA in English in 1979 and an MA in English 1981. He was a reporter and editor for the University News.

He liked playing poker, saying he enjoyed assessing the mathematical probabilities and the challenge of predicting tendencies in opponents. And he was a sports enthusiast. He was an avid Royals fan and armchair co-manager with his close friends. He loved the symmetry of baseball and all the subtle strategy. While some observers might think of the game as slow, he would ponder the strategic moves, predict what the other team was planning and whether his team’s players were placed correctly in the field - analyzing the game to the point he would say it seemed to be going too rapidly.

Dan was a devoted and loving husband to his wife of 25 years, Leslie Norman Hubble. He also leaves behind sister, Patricia Hubble of Seattle; step-brothe,r John Strumsky and wife Dawn of Catonsville, Maryland; nieces, Jill Lewandowski and Amy Cowan; nephews, Will Gold, David Spoeneman, and Reed Norman; two great-nephews and five great-nieces; and many friends who enjoyed his incisive humor and his ability to hold court in expansive conversation. All were drawn to Dan for his keen insight; he was able to assess any situation and clearly see a course of action or a solution.

Before and all during his illness, he loved the company of his friends and was both a raconteur and a gracious host. He is missed and will be always.

The memorial service will be at a later date. Please check this website for more information on the location, date and time.