Clipping from newspaper obituary for Ira Tubbs found at estate auction of
Dessa (Sunday) Wolf Nov 2000 -

                             IRA TUBBS
  "Son of Leroy and Rhoda Tubbs, was born near Plymouth, Richland county, 
Ohio,July 6, 1845.  When but a boy he came with his parents to Steuben county and
here grew to manhood.  He was married to Lucinda Harpster, Sept. 19, 1869.  To
this union eight children were born, two having preceded him to the better
 Of this one who has gone it can truly be said that he was a kind, loving and
indulgent husband and father.  His home was a refuge for the homeless, and no
sacrifice was too great for him to make that other might be conforted and made
happy.  To the two boys, John and Donald Lanham, who came to his home when
smallchildren, he was not only grandfather, but ever gave them a father's care; 
alsoone nephew, Geo. Stofer, who was reared in the home, was tenderly cared for.  
Hetruly verified the statement, "In as much as ye have done it unto the least of
these, my brethren, ye have done it unto Me."  He became a member of the
UnitedBrethren church at Mount Zion in 1872.  His children bear testimony to his
christian life, and well do they remember when he gathered them about the
familyalter for worship.  Although not identified with the church near his home, he
ever maintained the high standard of christian living.  He was not a stranger
toGod and loved to read his holy word.  Only a few days before his death, when
asked if he knew Jesus would come for him, his reply was "Yes, I am ready to
gowhenever He comes."  Although his body was racked witha complication of 
diseasesand he suffered intensely, he bore it all so patiently and no one ever heard 
himmurmur or complain.  He was ever hopeful of recovery, but on Friday morning,
April 14, when apparently resting, he quietly fell asleep and went to meet his
Savior.  After years of toil and struggle; Joy and pain, sunshine and shadow
hislife went out at his home near East Gilead, Mich., aged 65 years, 9 months 
and 8days.  He leaves to mourn their loss, a devoted wife, five daughters, Mrs. 
EmmaElliott, Mrs. Eva Morse, Mrs. Mary Collins, Mrs. Bessie Flint, Mrs. Myrtle 
Carr;one son, Henry, and aged mother, one brother, two sisters, Mrs. Henry Ritter 
andMrs. John Stumpf, six grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of
friends.  As he has lived nearly all his life in Steuben and LaGrange  counties,
Indiana, and Branch county, Mich., many can testify to his sterling character
and clean life, void of all bad habits.  His life was a good example and in
thequiet going out we feel that he has entered into the joys prepared for the
children of God."

Submitted by: Theresa Ferguson