Five years ago this coming November, we unveiled the restored Bovina Roll of Honor – a roll of Bovina’s World War II vets. Two of the veterans on the roll, Stanley ‘Stub’ Hewitt and Gordon Rabeler, did the honors. Sadly, both of these gentlemen have passed away- within about 3 months of each other.
|Gordon (left) and Stub (right) unveiling the Honor Roll on November 3, 2012.|
Stub died on April 3, 2017, 20 days shy of his 93rd birthday. He was born on April 23, 1924, in Margaretville, the son of John W. and Laura (Alton) Hewitt. Stub grew up in Bovina and was a graduate of Andes Central School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WW II and was in Italy during the occupation of Europe. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home.
On December 13, 1947, he married Norah Travell Hewitt in Hobart, a union that lasted 63 years, until her passing in 2010. Stub was employed as a truck driver with Deltown Foods of Delhi, retiring after over 42 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Donald W. Gleason Post 190, Delhi, and the Oneonta Eagles. He was survived by his four children, ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Gordon E. Rabeler died on July 16, 2017 at the age of 94. He was born on February 10, 1923 to Henry and Eunice Rabeler in Leigh, Nebraska. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY as a chemical engineer. Gordon also served in World War II and was involved in the European campaign. He worked for over 40 years at International Paper Company in research where he received many awards for his contributions in the paper making industry. Gordon was an avid skier, skiing into his early 90s.
He was survived his three children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Kathryn, of 67 years.