Earl William Lubben was born Dec. 3, 1930, on the family farm in Grant Township, the son of G. Will and Christena M. (Haage) Lubben. Earl was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church. He attended Grant No. 8 country school. As a teenager, Earl stayed home to farm with his father.
Earl served his country in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict from August 1952 until being honorably discharged in July 1954. Following his discharge from the service, Earl worked for the ASCS in Le Mars.
Earl was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Schreur on Sept. 7, 1956, at the Alton Reformed Church. Earl and Dorothy were blessed with three children: Mark, Nancy, and Brad. The couple began farming in Grant Township upon the retirement of Earl's parents. He continued farming and raising cattle and hogs until his retirement in 2005. Dorothy died Sept. 13, 1997.
Earl was later united in marriage to Verona Renken on April 8, 2000, at Christ Lutheran Church. In January 2006, Earl and Verona moved to Le Mars.
Earl was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church where he had served in several positions on the church council, cemetery board, and had sung in the choir for several years.
Earl had also served as a Grant Township trustee and election volunteer for several years.
Earl had also enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing fast-pitch softball, and golfing. He also enjoyed playing cards with his grandchildren and card clubs. His great-grandchildren were the light of his life.
Survivors include his wife Verona of Le Mars; three children: Mark Lubben and his wife, Mary of Le Mars, Nancy Willer and her husband, Jay of Akron, and their children, Emily (Joe Nelson) and their daughter Naomi; Laura, and Lisa and her daughter Isabella; and Brad Lubben and his wife, Anne of Le Mars and their children Jade, Josh, and Megan; a sister, Lorraine and Elmer Renken of Le Mars; a brother, Raymond and Charlotte Lubben of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; parents, G. Will and Christena M. (Haage) Lubben; and a brother Lester in infancy.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, Grant Township, rural Le Mars, with the Rev. Ben Worley officiating. Interment will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery with military honors provided by the Hereen-McHale-Wilkens American Legion Post 724. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Friday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Darwin Lubben, Tim Renken, Terry Renken, Brian Renken, Gary Van Wettering, and Jerry Gustad. Honorary casketbearers will be his grandchildren: Jade Lubben, Josh Lubben, Megan Reistoffer, Emily Nelson, Laura Willer, and Lisa Willer.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.