OBITUARY

Walter L. Dubicki

April 8, 1940July 21, 2013
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Walter Lance Dubicki passed away July 21, 2013. He was born in Detriot, MI to Walter and Genevieve, nee Koziol. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sylvia Mugnolo. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, children, Lisa and Lance, Jeff and his wife, Jessica Lyons, and 12 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Walt‘s nickname was Sunny as a child because of his constant smile and friendly disposition. He always helped his mother, even with dishes and mending. He adored his baby sister, even taking her on dates with him. On his first hunting trip as a boy, his coat button got caught in the trigger of his gun and Sunny accidentally shot his Dad through the shoe, barely missing his foot.

Later he was called Wally by his many friends at Dearborn High School where he also began building his reputation as a prankster. On one occasion, Walt and his buddies lifted a VW beetle onto a friend’s porch in the middle of the night, as a surprise when his Dad came to get the paper in the morning.

An all-star athlete in sports of all kinds, Walt was Michigan track & field state champion in the 800 meters. Captain of the swimming and football teams, he received college scholarships in both. His baritone voice was at once soft and powerful, and he also played the baritone horn. “CC Rider” was a tune he liked to sing at one time. Choosing Michigan State University, Walt was starting running back for the football team. He had a knee injury and lost his scholarship, then enlisted in the Army. Neglecting to mention his injury, he finished out his eligibility as the starting running back for the Army football team.

Walt was in the US Army Security Agency stationed in Turkey to spy on Soviet submarines in the Black Sea. He was transferred to Viet Nam well before the US presence there was publically known. He was not allowed to tell his own family as his mother was still in touch with relatives in Poland, an Eastern-block country at the time. He worked at various times as a bartender, entering professional drink-master competitions. He was a bouncer at a bowling alley and a bar for a time. Always gallant and chivalrous, he once allowed himself to be beat up by a drunken woman. Walt was a hard worker and a dependable provider, even in hard times. He worked at Ford Motor Company for over 28 years. He also worked for International Harvester until its plant closed in Louisville. For one year, he actually worked full-time at both companies on different shifts. During economic downturns, he worked construction, house painting, or odd jobs to support his family.

Walt’s children always knew he would keep them safe, protected, and provided for. He was a man of his word who could always be counted on in any situation.

A handyman at home, Walt could fix anything. With his perfectionist nature, he kept everything he had in top working order. He always managed to pay the bills on time.

One thing you always noticed about Walt was his large and powerful hands He had beautiful handwriting. Even in grade school, he won penmanship competitions. One of his last services to his family was to fill in the title page of his daughter’s wedding album, which they had procrastinated for 21 years.

His favorite color was red. Whether it be his new car or the U of L Cardinals he was a fan of, it was his color of choice. Walt was a private person, but also very social. He enjoyed giving or attending card parties, pool parties, cookouts, and conventions. He was usually the bartender and chief prankster.

One memorable Halloween, Walt and his friends dressed as gangsters and gun Molls. However, the ladies dressed as the gangsters while the gentlemen were the gun Molls. Clad in full makeup, long blonde wig, a borrowed dress embellished to size EEE, and Big Mama panty hose, he so much time flirting with all the proper men at the party, he neglected to eat or drink the entire evening.

With his swimming background, he taught his children and grandchildren to enjoy the water, and almost always had a pool. Summer weekends were usually spent on the family houseboat with many friends at Lake Cumberland when Lisa and Lance were growing up. Vacations were typically spent in Florida on Daytona Beach, possibly with friends, neighboring families, or including nieces and nephews.

In his days of membership in the CB radio club he was known as Yankee Doodle. Lisa remembers enjoying steak and egg breakfasts at the Saturday morning CB club gatherings at Black Angus.

A long-time member of the Kosair Shrine Temple Legion of Honor, Walt was patrol leader for the formation unit. He enjoyed working at the circus to raise funds for the children’s hospital. He rarely missed a meeting of the Boaz Masonic Lodge where he kept the grass immaculately cut.

Walt enjoyed his grandchildren! Dubbing himself “Jacoby’s big toy,” he taught him how to blow baby food bubbles on Mama Bev. Samantha and Daniel will surely remember trips to Florida and evenings sitting with Mama Bev and Papa Walt watching her Daddy (Jeff) play softball. Noah and Izzy share memories of swimming in the pool with Papa Walt. Ceanna remembers going to the beach and Disney World during her trips to Florida. Matthew enjoyed Bourbon Street Chicken with Papa Walt at Hometown Buffet, though he did not join him for ice cream dessert. Matthew prefers his sprinkles without their usual dairy accompaniment.

Ghia-Ghia (Polish for grandpa) made up a rain dance to entertain his Texas grandchildren during a Florida visit. They say it goes something like this, “Hhhhheeeeeehhhhhhyyyooooyyyeehhheeeeyyyyooooyyy!” You’ll have to ask one of them how to pronounce that.

One of Walt’s childhood memories was of silver dollars given him by his own Ghia-Ghia, one at a time, whenever he visited. Though his own collection was either lost or stolen years ago, Walt continued the tradition with his grandchildren. Some have a strong interest in numismatics largely due to this legacy, and one might even like to be a coin dealer when he grows up. Bev dearly loved her husband of 18 years. Her fondest memories include sharing projects to beautify their home and yard. They enjoyed trips to their Florida home, and visiting Sylvia and Chuck at theirs. Many an evening and weekend were spent at softball games, where Walt was Jeff’s biggest fan.

Walt lived his life to the fullest. All of us in his family hope you have as many good memories as we do.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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July 29, 2013

Learned today of Walter's passing last week. With thoughts of peace and courage for you and your family.
- Larry B

July 24, 2013

Beverly, Steve and I are so sorry for your loss. We were so happy to see Walt not long ago and talk with him. You, your family and Walt are so special to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We love you.

Steve and Deanna

July 24, 2013

Beverly, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Donna Jean Shewmaker Hurst

claudette boudreau roth

July 24, 2013

Claudette boudreau Roth, cousin. Walt will be missed always. His gentle spirit described Walt's loving heart.

claudette boudreau roth

July 24, 2013

Claudette boudreau Roth, cousin. Walt will be missed always. His gentle spirit described Walt's loving heart.

Amanda Barber (Hensley)

July 24, 2013

Sorry for your loss our thoughts n prayers r with you
we love u Bev, Jeff n fam

chuck mugnolo

July 24, 2013

my deepest sympathy to bev and the dubicki family. walt is greatly missed. family was his life and his love. i very much enjoyed the photo history, so many great memories & oh how he loved to talk about his grand children. you can see his face beaming in the pictures. i'm sure walt has already been reunited with his baby sister, sylvia. they have always had a strong and loving relationship - take care my friend and thankyou for always keeping in touch.

Jim Harber

July 24, 2013

Beverly and family,
I will surely miss Walt as I know all of you and his special Grandchildren will, too. He was a special friend from our days with the ASA in Turkey in 62/63.
And the last 15 years of reliving our Army days and visiting several times a year, both in Lousiville and as he passed through Atlanta.

I am so glad that he got to meet my new bride and it was great that he was able to attend our wedding in April... very kind and thoughtful.

I believe that Helen looked at him the same as Becky looked at him, just a teddy bear with a wonderful personality, a big Heart and always with a smile... yes, we will all miss this big heart and smile..

You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

July 24, 2013

So sorry to hear about Walt. He will be missed by the softball team. Our prayers are with both you and your family

Steve Gootee (Louisville, KY)

Brenda Carpenter

July 23, 2013

Beverly
So sorry for the loss of your husband.You will be in my thoughts & prayers.I had never met Walt.I enjoyed looking at all the pictures of you & him & the family.Take care.
Brenda Carpenter

Biography

Walter Lance Dubicki, passed away July 21, 2013.

He is a retiree of Ford Motor Co. and was born in Detroit, MI. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Lisa, Lance, Jeff and Jessica Lyons; and 12 grandchildren.

His memorial service will be on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Arch L. Heady and Son Funeral Home & Cremation Services-Okolona. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Online condolences at archlheadypreston.com.

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Kosair Children's Hospital.