John Gordon Stuber
John Gordon Stuber
  • December 28, 1928 - October 3, 2017
  • Novato, California

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John Gordon Stuber, age 88, passed away in Novato on October 3rd, 2017, with his loving family by his side. He was born on December 28th, 1928, in Seattle, Washington, to John and Irene Stuber.

John proudly served in the US Army Air Corps from 1947 to 1951, followed by a stint in the newly formed Air Force until his discharge in 1954 at Hamilton AFB. While stationed in Japan from 1948-1950, his squadron directly contributed to the rebuilding of Japan's air defense after WWII. After military service, he worked for the Boeing Company in Washington, helping to design and test the new B-52 aircraft.

After returning to the US from Japan in 1950, John met his first wife, Jolaine Wilson, and they were married in October that year. Upon leaving Boeing in 1955, they left Seattle and moved to Marin County deciding that there would be no better place than Novato to raise their family.

John worked in a number of consulting civil engineering firms in San Rafael and Novato in the 1950's-1970s. In 1980, he co-founded the Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, with his friend Dietrich Stroeh. John continued to run this successful business with Diet and later their third partner, Al Cornwell, until his retirement in 2010. For over 50 years, John positively influenced the planning, growth and infrastructure of Novato, and was instrumental in completing and recording surveys of countless land parcels and properties for projects throughout the county.

An influential community leader, John was active in many organizations often with his second wife, Pauline. A dedicated member of Novato Rotary Club for over 50 years, he volunteered his expertise in the planning, design and construction of numerous community projects in Novato. One of his proudest accomplishments was the Nova-Ro senior living facility. Among his many awards and achievements, John was named Novato Citizen of the Year in 1973, and he was on the board of directors of the Novato National Bank.

John was a true humanitarian. A humble man who always asked how you were doing, he silently gave of his time and talent in helping others in need on countless occasions. He truly embodied the Rotary motto: Service Above Self. John was a devoted husband, father and outdoorsman, who led his family on countless camping, fishing, backpacking and skiing trips. He was an avid reader, nature lover, fisherman, and world traveler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene; his half-sisters, Lois and Ruby Kay; his first wife, Jolaine, and his second wife, Pauline. He is survived by his four children, John (Angela) Stuber, Janet (Larry) Robideaux, Michael (Laura) Stuber and Karen (Tim) Long. He is also survived by his twelve grandchildren, Stephanie, Kelly, Cheryl, Brian, Jonathan, Hannah, Taylor, Kaitlin, Madison, Meghan, Garrett, Caroline, step-grand-daughter, Terra, five great-grandchildren, Liam, Logan, Roen, Norah, and Ava, and two step-great-grandchildren, Elliott and Cora.

He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. A Celebration of John's life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at 11:00 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato.

Arrangements under the direction of Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, Novato, CA.