Irvin Tubb |

Irvin Tubb

Private family memorial services for Irvin L. Tubb of Grass Valley will be conducted at a later date.

Mr. Tubb died Saturday, June 19, in Grass Valley. He was 86.

He was born March 1, 1918, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Amos and Gertrude (Graham) Tubb. He was raised and attended school in Shelbyville, Ill. He graduated from Illinois Normal High School and Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

He was an outstanding runner in high school, qualifying four years in the mile run for the state meet, placing each year and winning first place in 1956. He was a Golden Glove boxer in college.

He served in the U.S. Navy for two years during World War II. He married Leah Rentfrow on May 19, 1940, in Shelbyville, Ill. He was a pioneer in plastics at Research Laboratory in Peoria, Ill. He was a research engineer for 14 years in numerous aerospace plants in Southern California until retiring in 1983. He was a leader of the Boy Scouts and a barbershop quartet singer. He enjoyed duplicate bridge.

He was the last of the seventh generation of the Tubb clan, which came to America from England in the 1700s, migrating through North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Leah Rentfrow Tubb of Alta Sierra; children Len and Cheryl of Cameron Park, Patrick and Lynette of Roseville, Terry of South Lake Tahoe, Tim and JoAnn of American Fork, Utah, Brian and Catherine of Walnut Creek, Brent of Grass Valley, Kellagh of West Sacramento, Peg and Jerry Lane of Pendelton, Ore., and Becky and Danny Miller of Antigo, Wis.; 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, one sister and one son.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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