Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

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Richard Irvin Brubaker

January 11, 1934October 9, 2019

Brubaker, Richard “Dick”, retired USAF Lt. Col, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Dick was born in January 1934 in Philadelphia, to Lyda and Dallas Brubaker. He was Valedictorian of Media High School’s Class of 1951, then attended Gettysburg College, where he was in the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. At Gettysburg, he met Cynthia Garrow, whom he later married. Dick graduated in 1955 as a Distinguished ROTC graduate. He joined the United States Air Force and went to Pilot Training; he flew C-124 and C-141 planes for 12 years. He served in Vietnam, at Chu Lai Marine Air Base, in 1968-69, and received a Bronze Star for his service. Dick retired from the Air Force in 1975 and went to work as a Civil Service Contractor. Among his projects was equipping a new Air Force One during the GHW Bush Years. While in the Air Force and later in the Civil Service, he earned two Master’s Degrees and later a PhD in Public Administration. Dick was later employed by the State of Ohio, where he worked up until a month before his death. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cynthia; four daughters; Patricia Zimmerman, Anne Varvel, Jill Brubaker and Jenny Wohleb. Four grandchildren: Andrew and Matthew Zimmerman; and Kristen Sanford and Kyle Bumgardner. He also has two great grand daughters, Lilly and Mackenzie Zimmerman. Dick was also active in Daedalians, Military Officers Association of America, and Aley United Methodist Church. He also volunteered at the Air Force Museum, where he accumulated 3,000 hours. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, October 14, 2019 at Aley United Methodist Church in Beavercreek. Visitation is from 5-6 PM with a service at 6:00 PM. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Air Force Museum Foundation, Daedalians Scholarship Fund, or Aley United Methodist Church. Arrangements in care of Tobias Funeral Home-Beavercreek Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.


  • Memorial Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, October 14, 2019


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Curtis Nelson

October 15, 2019

Always cheerful, always helpful, Dick was a pillar of our highly engaged and successful Order of Daedalians Flight 9. He departs the Flight for a better place, but he will be sorely missed.

Dan Oliver

October 15, 2019

Cynthia and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Having worked at The National Museum of the USAF for many years, I've grown to know Cynthia and Dick through their volunteer work at the museum.

Dick was always a wise docent and ever the consummate gentleman in his interactions with the public. His knowledge of the aircraft and US Air Force history was a treasure trove of information.

I always enjoyed catching up with him on his latest job experience which were many. He certainly didn't enjoy staying idle for any extended period of time. Always working...

Dick was an active listener who was always fully engaged in a conversation. I'll miss catching up with him and most of all his extremely dry sense of humor.

Prayers to Cynthia and all of your extended family during this difficult time.

God Bless,

Dan Oliver

Chuck & Francie Hatfield

October 15, 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of Dick. We knew Dick and Cynthia from the museum and the
Daedalians . He and Cynthia was always helpful when we visited museum.
Our thoughts and prayers for the family and especially Cynthia.
God bless Chuck and Francie Hatfield

Richard Gardner

October 14, 2019

Dick Brubaker will be a pleasant memory for me with that stately countenance of his as well as the calm friendliness he shared with people. He and Cynthia were among the first people I had the pleasure of getting to know twenty-three years ago as a new volunteer with the National Museum of the USAF. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Ray & Marge Moorman

October 12, 2019

We have known Dick for many years with our association with the Air Force Museum and the Order of Daedalians. He was a true professional and gentleman at all of his work with everyone. He will be genuinely missed by all his pears. Having made his "last flight" will leave a void on the schedule.

Cindy Christian Rogers

October 12, 2019

Condolences from the Christian family—Cindy and Scott and their parents Dick and Jean. All of us wish you peace at this time of loss. So many years have passed since we lived down the street on Hunters Ridge Road, but we remember you now with caring thoughts and affection.

Alan Brubaker

October 12, 2019

This Grandson of Irvin Crawford Brubaker and I had many discussions about aircraft. A subject that was always brought up when we saw each other. I will miss his counterpoint on facebook.
Bon Voyage Dick.

rob tilley

October 12, 2019

I had the privilege of knowing both Cynthia and Dick from volunteering @ the NMUSAF. Dick was a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with. We compared active duty and civilian service stories but his stories were always better. I am honored to call Dick a friend.

Rob Tilley
Centerville OH