Pat and Harvey Juber

Obituary of Pat and Harvey Juber

Memorial Services for Pat and Harvey Juber of Melvin, Iowa scheduled for March 28, 2020 are postponed. New information will be coming as it is available. Thank You MEMORIAL TRIBUTE HARVEY EARL JUBER, son of Frank H. and Cora F. (Struyk) Juber, was born April 7, 1933 at Melvin, IA. He and his three siblings: Harold, Leila, and Evie, grew up in the town of Melvin where his father owned and operated Juber Implement; specializing in CASE farm equipment. Harvey became well acquainted with farm machinery and hard work at a very young age as he and his brother, Harold helped their parents in running the business. Before long, it became apparent Harvey had a natural talent with mechanical things. His ability to mix patience with the workings of machinery would serve him well throughout his life. Of course, all work and no play is never a good idea, so if Frank decided to go hunting or fishing on a weekend, Harvey made sure he got to tag along. His appreciation of nature stayed with him as an adult, evolving into many memorable fishing trips to South Dakota with other Melvin anglers. Since trucking was also a part of the family business, Harvey would often haul livestock to Sioux City, accompanied by his Dalmatian, “Patches” – the first of five such faithful companions. Harvey had graduated from Melvin High School in 1952; between hunting, fishing, and helping at the shop, life was good. All this would change when a “new girl” came to town… PATRICIA ANN JUBER, fifth child of Lawrence A. and Laura G. (Lake) Guetschow, was born June 16, 1934 on a farm near Gaza, IA. She spent her youth on the farm along with her three sisters and two brothers, helping her mother with the cooking and cleaning, or playing and exploring the grove with her siblings. After a lengthy illness, Pat’s father passed away in February of 1951, so her mother, sisters, Barbara and Marion, and her younger brother, Jerry, left the farm and relocated to Melvin, IA. Pat had been attending school at Gaza, and now, being so close to completing her senior year, she decided to stay with their good friends and neighbors, the Conn family, and finish her education there. She graduated in May from Gaza Consolidated School with the class of 1951. The following year, Pat attended Minnesota State Jr, College at Worthington, MN. Their life was woven together Much to his mother’s delight, Harvey and a couple buddies began taking dance lessons at Arthur Murray Studios in Sioux City…something was “in the air”. It wasn’t long before college wasn’t so appealing to Pat, and fishing wasn’t the only thing on Harvey’s mind. On June 29, 1952, Pat and Harvey were united in marriage at her mother’s home in Melvin. They would spend their entire married life in this town, raise their family here, and enjoy sharing their love and devotion with four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Their early married years were full of changes and challenges. Harvey managed the corn shelling service which operated out of Juber Implement and took on more service responsibilities as the business grew. He gave back to his community by volunteering with the Melvin Fire Department for many years, serving as Fire Chief for several of those. Harvey also acted as Mayor of the City of Melvin. When he could get away from work, and the kids were out of school, they’d pack up the family camper for a weekend trip or longer – fishing poles were always included. Pat’s days were kept busy chasing after their four children: Mike, Stacey, Kevin, and Todd. She took on the role of Boy Scout Troop Leader when her sons were involved in the Melvin group, and helped out with Band Mothers activities at the Melvin school. She and Harvey were members of the United Methodist Church in Melvin where they both served in various capacities. Pat enjoyed sewing and baking – especially at Christmas when she made caramels, fudge and Pecan Tassies. She liked to entertain and hosted many holiday get-togethers for family and friends. When her children were older, Pat returned to Worthington State Jr. College, graduating in 1973 with her LPN certificate. She worked at the Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar, IA, the Primghar clinic and Prairie View Retirement Home in Sanborn, IA, retiring in 1996. After Frank’s death in 1978, Harvey, his mother, Cora, and his brother, Harold continued to operate the business in Melvin, adding Harold and Harvey’s sons, Bruce and Todd Juber as partners in 1979. With Harold’s passing in 1991, the decision was made to close Juber Implement after 55 years of service to the Melvin community and beyond. Harvey, Todd and Bruce began a solid working relationship with Jaycox Implement at Lake Park, IA; Harvey retiring in 1998. Restoring and refinishing antique furniture had been a rewarding pastime for both Pat and Harvey. Now being fully retired, Harvey could devote more attention to his favorite domain – the workshop. Along with building furniture and doing wood repairs for family and friends, each grandchild was given a personalized, hand-crafted keepsake chest as they were added to the family. The flowers flourished in their backyard as well – with all the attention Harvey gave them, there was always a colorful bouquet of geranium blooms for Pat to use on the kitchen table. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Pat and Harvey left this life only to be welcomed by the many loved ones waiting for them: their parents; Harvey’s siblings: Harold Juber, Leila (Bernard) Lyman, Evelyn Guetschow; Pat’s siblings: Joyce (Ivan) Duke, Lewis (Arlene) Guetschow, Phyllis (Dale) Dean, Barbara (Harold) Schmidt; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Left to cherish their memory are their children: Mike Juber of Melvin, IA, Stacey Fortin of Kansas City, MO, Kevin (Linda) Juber of Vernon, CT, and Todd (Pam) Juber of Sibley, IA; nine grandchildren: Christina (Kevin) Blankenship, Aimee Fortin, Andrew Fortin, Patrick Juber, Melissa Juber, Christopher (Sarah) Juber, Gretchen Juber, Matthew (Josie) Juber, Grant Juber; one great-grandson, Charlie Juber; Pat’s sister, Marion Dvorak of Melvin, IA; her brother and Harvey’s brother-in-law, Jerry Guetschow of Sanborn, IA; sister-in-law, Joyce Juber of Dubuque, IA; other relatives and many friends who will mourn their passing.
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