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Harry Lewis Gubbins, 92 died on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marilyn “Lynn” A. (Shaw), three children, David Gubbins of Toronto, ON; Suzanne Schaefer (Ken) of Oceanside, CA; Kathryn Sorensen (Thor) of East Grand Rapids, MI; and grandson, Odin Sorensen also of East Grand Rapids, MI. Also surviving are sister, Moira A. Kogut (Don) of Mill Valley, CA; and brother, Philip Gubbins (Christine) of Bellingham, WA; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Harry is preceded in death by his parents Harry L. Sr. and Gladys E. (Moir) Gubbins; and sister, Margaret E. Roberts.

Born in Windsor, Ontario on July 20, 1928, Harry grew up in Detroit, MI. In 1950, he graduated from Wayne State University and was inducted into the Army. Stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, he served during the Korean War. Upon returning home, he married and entered the Detroit, Michigan work force as an electrical engineer. The family settled in Royal Oak, MI. In 1958, they moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he took a position at Lear Siegler, Inc. and was pleased to be involved in the development of a “piece” of the Lunar Module. Harry
and Lynn retired in 1988 and celebrated by traveling in Europe and North America. Harry enjoyed the symphony, opera, astronomy and being outdoors. As a former member of the Sierra Club, he spent many weekends in Michigan’s forests and along her shorelines backpacking, hiking, camping, and skiing. Harry was a kind and loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Cremation has taken place at his request. No memorial service will take place.

Contributions can be made to the Grand Rapids Symphony or the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Joe Taber on August 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Sorry to hear of Harry passing away. I really enjoyed Harry’s company on the hikes, X-C skiing, and South Manitou trips that we shared.

  2. Rod and Joyce Wierenga on August 12, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the Gubbins family. I (Rod) Worked with Harry for many years at Lear Siegler, etc. He was an Great engineer! We were good friends of Harry and Lynn.

  3. Linda Burns on August 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Harry was our exercise buddy. Many of us would meet around 10 am at Walker Ice and Fitness to exercise and socialize. On most days there would be Marge, Phyllis, Dale, Mary and myself. Harry had a good routine with the stepmaster, the treadmill and the elliptical . He did his exercising while listening to Ted Talk, reading books and listening to or reading many intellectual programs. Not only was Harry knowledgeable in so many areas, He was kind considerate thoughtful and witty. When my furnace quit running Harry stopped over to try and discern what was causing the mishap. To top things off Harry had a loving wife, family and a grandson whom he adored. We all loved Harry and Lynn. May God continue to hold you in his care. We will miss you Harry!

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