We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Woodbine
Murray Dean Hubbard was born on October 10, 1932, on a farm outside of Woodbine to Mike and Edna (Gerratt) Hubbard. He was one of two children born to Mike and Edna. Mary Lea was born seven years later. Murray attended grade school and high school in Woodbine and graduated in 1950. He attended Graceland College in Lamoni, IA where he played football and met his future wife. Murray married Gerri (Nix) Wilson on June 8, 1952. They were blessed with 5 children: Kathy, Dan, Cindy, Karen and Monte. Murray and Gerri farmed and moved a few times around the Woodbine and Logan area, then moved to a ranch in Montana in 1957. They returned to Iowa to their present farm in 1959. Murray loved his land and through the hard years, he had some original ideas to keep it. In 1963, Murray and Gerri opened the Lazy H Dude Ranch. The family all worked the ranch, were counselors, wranglers and taught ‘city’ kids to ride horses, care for them and most of all be exposed to the beautiful Iowa countryside away from city streets. The Hubbard kids worked every summer while also competing in both Little Britches and High School rodeos across the country. Many great memories were created in these years. It was a rich childhood for them all. Murray was a favorite with all the ranch kids who thought he was the ‘Marlboro Man’. The ranch came to an end in 1974, so Murray and Gerri still looking to create new income, opened the Apothecary Generic drug business-selling generic drugs to pharmacies across the country as well as providing jobs for local women. Murray and Gerri parted ways, but Murray stayed on the farm. Murray then found his second life partner in Linda Pryor. Together they created a new business;Lazy H Hunt Club and Sporting Clays. Murray set up the course in the west timber and he and Linda both worked the shoots for enthusiasts from a large area. He also released birds for private hunts. They served many meals in the old bunkhouse for sporting clay events and gained a whole new circle of friends from this endeavor.
Murray and Linda traveled to see friends, follow grandkids or just went to the Lake of the Ozarks to their ‘Bit o Heaven’ house on the lake. An especially favorite trip was to Alaska with a local group. Murray was a founder of the Woodbine Saddle Club. He was active in all things rodeo and also worked with the Merritt Stock contractors for rodeos. He was active in the Cattleman’s Association and in 2011 was named Cattleman of the Year. Murray loved the land, his cattle, horses and ranch life and of course his family. His life was full, his blessings many. He was very social and in his later years helped young farmers/ranchers get a start with his advice and experience. His wisdom will remain with many young men as well as many others who knew him.
There will be Murray Hubbard stories told for some time to come.
Murray died on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at CHI Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa at the age of 89 years, eight months and one day.
Murray was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by Linda Pryor and Gerri Kent; sister, MaryLea (Jerry) Purcell; children, Kathy (Joe) House of Holden, Missouri, Dan (Amy) Hubbard of Holden, Missouri, Cindy (Ed) Troll of Avoca, Iowa, Karen (Doc) Bond of Lillian, Texas and Monte (Jo) Hubbard, Wheatland, Wyoming; Linda’s children, Kim (Doug) Harris of Woodbine, Kristin (Barry) Michael of Bellevue, Nebraska and Kurt Pryor of Woodbine; 14 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, many many friends and neighbors.