JOSEPH C. DUBLA
Joseph “Joe” “Joey” Charles Dubla, 88, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the St. Cloud VA Community Living Center.
Joe was born and raised in Duluth, the son of Polish immigrants Mary Lepianka and Kazimier Dublasiewicz. He was a lifelong resident of Duluth and enjoyed frequent extended vacations to warmer climates in the winter months.
In his early years, Joe worked on the family farm and attended school in Duluth. He graduated from Cathedral High School and then attended and graduated from UMD. He was a member of the 1943 Duluth Dukes baseball team.
As a young man, Joe fought in World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded during battle while fighting with the Army’s 5th armored “Victory” Division in Germany. After Joe’s wounds healed, he held an Army desk job and worked at The Hague in the Netherlands for the duration of his service. After serving in the Army, Joe enjoyed playing sports, traveling and being the life of the party. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980 and fully enjoyed his retirement, rolling wherever he wanted to go.
Joe leaves his daughter, Amy Lamb; son Alan Dubla; granddaughters Alexandra, Jade, and Ciona; great-grandson Wiatt; and many close relatives and friends.
Joe was cremated on Friday, April 26, in Cambridge, Minn.
A celebration of Joe’s life will take place this summer in Duluth and will be announced in June.
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