DOBSON, Hubert E. “Dobby”, 94, of Wheeling, died Friday, January 20, 2012 in Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
He was born November 4, 1917 in Milford, Ill., in the era of the Agriculture economy on a farm, the sixth child of the late George Elmer and Mary Anice Brougher Dobson.
Dobby was a graduate of Willowbrook Country Grade School and John Greer High School, Hoopeston, Ill., then attended Walton School of Commerce, Chicago and completed Harvard University Advanced Management Program at the Graduate School of Business Administration.
Dobby was employed by FMC Corporation for 35 years, serving assignments in Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D, C,, and London, England. He then relocated to Houston, Texas in 1982 and formed two companies serving as President of Dobson & Associates consulting in business management and teaching communication skills for employees of top 500 companies in seven nations; President of Rich Publishing Co. specializing in writing and publishing books for professional speakers. He authored the book “Power to Excel” and contributing author of “Professionals at their Best.” He was also Public Radio Commentator in three state coverage from West Virginia outreach on a daily program titled “Lets Take a Break.”
He was Past President of Toastmasters International 1978-1979, Past President of Jersey Meadows Seniors Golf Association, life member of the Presbyterian Church serving four terms as an Elder and was a current member of the Windwood Presbyterian Church in Texas.
Dobby was an Army veteran of WWII, attaining the rank of Major, Transportation Corps, serving a brief tour of duty in the US and 3 years in the SW Pacific Theater; was awarded the American Defense Ribbon, the AP Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars and 7 overseas service bars. He then served two years as Commander of Company B, Illinois National Guard and was a member of the American Legion Post 0560, Alba, Texas.
In addition to his parents, Dobby was preceded in death by a son, Gerry in 1948, three sisters; Opal, Betty and Lucille, and three brothers; Lester, George and Eugene.
Surviving is his loving wife of 67 years, Helen Irving Dobson, whom he married on April 15, 1944 in Brisbane, Australia; four children; Sherry Roeser of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, BarryCindyDobson of Charleston, W.Va., MaryGary Bosley of Wheeling, Debbie Larry Roberts, of Cypress, Texas, 24 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, and his other extended “family” of caregivers at Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, where services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Fr. John Beckley, SM officiating.
Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 159 Edgington Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at altmeyer.com.
Dobby and Helen were both community stalwarts when they lived
in South Charleston. My Best to her and the family. With Sympathy,
Michael and I are so sorry for your loss. He was such a great successful man with a heart of gold for his grandkids. The heavens gained an amazing angel. We love you all !
Tonya, Michael and Kids
Missing you Daddy more than words can ever express! Thank you for being the most amazing father. Love you forever!
Please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather. Neighbors and friends of Barry, Cindy, David, Corey and Katie.
Frank and LaDonna Jennings
To Dobby and Helen’s family,
Condolences from Dobby and Helen’s Australian Toastmaster friends. My wife Bea and I live in Brisbane and would enjoy sitting and talking with Dobby and Helen at international conventions. I clearly remember them telling us that they we married in Brisbane. I’ve only just found out that it was in 1944! What a wonderful lifetime of memories they created. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you as they rest in peace. Thanks for sharing them with us.
International President 2002-03
To John Carenbauer and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for being with my immediate family, daily. Still looking for your book, so send me signs, I will see them. ❤