AIKEN, S.C. — Joseph Frank Lubner, 90, of Aiken, S.C., passed away Saturday, August 12, 2020.
A native of Leola, Joe was born December 19, 1929, the son of the late Joseph M. and Ella Siewert Lubner Hemmingson.
He owned and operated Lubner’s Garage in Wessington, where Joe also served in the Army Reserve as a Corporal (1951-1952). He then entered the U.S. Navy in 1952, and served as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class, in the Korean War on the USS Point Defiance (LSD 31), until his Honorable Discharge in 1956.
While in the Navy, Joe met and married Annadean “Dean” Haag, where he was a faithful husband to his wife of 59 years.
After living in S.D., Maryland, and Georgia, Joe and Dean settled in Aiken, S.C., and remained there where Joe retired as plant manager from Cyprus Industrial Minerals of Standard Oil in 1979, and then W. R. Grace in 1984. While living in Aiken, Joe was a member of the Aiken Economic Development Partnership, Manufacturing Council, and SC Mining Association. He was also a Master Technician for Chrysler Corporation.
Over the years, Joe enjoyed being a private pilot for 25 years, where he was partner in Fallston Airport in Harford County, Maryland. He also enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, golfing, traveling, and camping, but he was the most happiest being “Mr. Fix-it.” Joe could fix anything, and he had the tool to do it with!
He was a member of Overlea-Perry Hall American Legion Post 130 in Silver Spring, Maryland for 64 years, and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for 41 years.
Surviving are his daughter, Sandra L. Herlong (James Robert, Jr.), Saluda; granddaughter, Hannah L. Herlong, Aiken; sister, Naomi L. Anderson ofFargo, N.D.; three nephews and their families; and a niece. He is also step-grandfather to Cornelia Herlong Leslie (Marshall); and step-great-grandfather to Caroline “Callie”, James, and Catherine “CeCe” of Nashville, Tenn.