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Stanley Dubauskas

November 26, 1933October 27, 2020
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Passed away on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 after a long battle with post-stroke dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie (nee DePyper), his children Annette Saylor (Tim), Joe Dubauskas (Audra), and Terri Locher (William) and grandchildren Tim Saylor, Haley Locher and Cody Locher. Stan was a retired electrical engineer who loved gardening (more tomatoes anyone?), hunting…anywhere, fishing in Canada (“Quit playing with the dragonflies and fish!”) and beer-making. He really enjoyed making anything, something he learned from his parents back on the farm in Lithuania where he was born in 1934. His care-free beginning years were scarred by the death of a younger sister, Grazina (age two), and the tragedy that is World War II. Stan and his mother Liudvika left their home and his father Juozas in Suvainiskis, Lithuania when their country was invaded by the Russian army. They eventually ended up in Germany, where he spent several years living an adventurous life as a “Displaced Person”. He participated in the usual (war-time) childhood escapades like raising pigs in the basement of a bombed out building, sneaking into apple orchards to pick up fallen apples, and climbing around demolished buildings for copper wire to sell. He also learned English at the “American School”, which would prove useful when they immigrated to the United States (Cicero) in 1945. A quick learner, Stan graduated from Morton East High School in three years. He attended the University of Illinois, first at the old Navy Pier location, then the School of Engineering in Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation he joined the Army and spent two years in service at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas. As far as we know, these years were relatively quiet and well-behaved. However, after going to work for a while and saving some money, he bought a shiny red and white Corvette. So maybe he wasn’t so quiet and well-behaved after all. Soon after, he met his wife-to-be Marie while working at ITT Kellogg in Chicago. They married after an eight-month courtship (he proposed at Second City!), and promptly had three children. He worked hard, and over the years was employed by Packard Instruments, Illinois Central Railroad, Rockwell International and National Controls. For a time he also had a small business, JAMSCO Design, which he ran from the basement. Dad was a serious perfectionist for fifty-one weeks of the year, but for one week every May he escaped to Canada to FISH. It seemed to be the only time he really relaxed. In addition to work and fishing, Stan was very active in the Lithuanian-American community. He belonged to two organizations, the Lithuanian American Council, Inc. and the Lithuanian Christian Democratic Union. Both groups’ primary focus was the liberation of Lithuania from Russian occupation using political pressure and persuasion and public awareness here in the US. Whether it helped or not, who can say, but in early 1991, Lithuania regained its independence. In October, 1991, he traveled there with his son Joe, the first of many trips back to the Homeland. We three children never knew the Corvette-driving, Second City-going man; to us he was always Serious Dad. Mom says he tricked her, that he was always Serious Dad, just in disguise. Which may or may not be true. He was strong, stubborn and quick to anger. But he also thought Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were an acceptable lunch for a grandchild. He was always the smartest man in the room, eager to discuss history with anyone who would listen. He only wanted the best for everyone, even when he didn’t know how to express it. In the end, disease robbed him of his mobility and much of his memory, but it also softened him, just a little. He left an impression on all of us, and his absence has created an immense hole in our lives. We will remember and miss him forever.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Mount Auburn Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 25 or fewer guests at services at a time. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountAuburnFuneralHome.com for the Dubauskas family.

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