Larry Jay Brubaker, 76, Warsaw,  passed away at 5:25 a.m. Aug. 13, 2014, in his residence.
He was born June 3, 1938, in Rochester, to Luther and Bernice Sherburn Brubaker. On June 8, 1957, in Claypool, he was united in marriage to Martha Jane Tucker, who survives in Warsaw. They were married for 57 years.
He graduated from Laketon High School in 1956. He then served our country in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960 and then served in the Air Force Reserve for five years.
They moved to Warsaw from Claypool in 1982. He worked as a pressman for R.R. Donnelley and Sons, Warsaw, from 1960 to 1999, retiring in 1999 after 39 years of service. After retirement, he was employed by Warsaw Community Schools for 13 years as a bus driver for extracurricular sporting events. He was known by many as their “lucky bus driver” and enjoyed all sporting events such as football, golf, basketball and tennis. He loved serving people. He was a member of Claypool United Methodist Church, where he was Sunday school superintendent and taught for many years. In addition, he was a Harley Owners Group member and was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association. He was an avid motorcyclist who began riding at an early age. He was particularly fond of Harley Davidson and rode to Alaska in 1985.
Also surviving are a daughter, Lesa (and spouse Jim) Coplen, Fort Wayne; two sons, Matthew (and spouse Lori) Brubaker, Warsaw, and Mark (and spouse Beverly) Brubaker, Claypool; two sisters, Rosemary Bolinger, North Manchester, and Nellie (and spouse J.B.) Van Sickle, West Point, Ind.; a brother, Jerry Joe Brubaker, Lapuente, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Tucker, Winona Lake, and Elaine Tucker, Orlando, Fla.; 11 grandchildren: Joel (and spouse Nikki) Brubaker, Aaron (and spouse Krystal) Brubaker, Nicole Sand, Paige Sand, Neil Sand, Brad Brubaker, Brandon McCombs, Brad Johnson, Mindy (and spouse Jacob) Brinkman, Jay (and spouse Anna Grace) Coplen, Jennifer Coplen; and five great-grandchildren: Abbie, Nash, Audie, Lux and Anna Belle. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and J.B. Brubaker; a sister, Eileen Brubaker; and a great-grandson, Kinser Brubaker.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Claypool United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Settles officiating. Military honors will be by the American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #1126, Warsaw, with the Military Funeral Honor Guard immediately following services. Private burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool.
Calling is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, is in charge of arrangements.
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Memorials to Claypool United Methodist Church, 302 E. Section St. Claypool, IN 46510; or Kosciusko Homecare and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196 Warsaw, IN 46581-1196.
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