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Thomas Clifford "Tom" Bubar

August 1, 1928 — January 6, 2023


Thomas Clifford "Tom" Bubar


Thomas Clifford “Tom” Bubar, 94, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, at his home.

He was born August 1, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Victor Bubar and Jewell (Davis) Swiercz.  On July 25, 1953, he married his wife of 69 years, Joanne Hurlburt, and she survives.

In addition to Joanne, Tom is survived by his children, Cheryl Bubar of Shelbyville, Gary Bubar and wife Mary Ann, of Grayling, Michigan, Lorri Knauss of Erlanger, Kentucky, Diana Poledna and husband Jack, of Noblesville, Amanda Wood and husband Steven, of Indianapolis, and Thomas P. Bubar and wife, Diana of Greenfield; sister, Mary Jane O’Neill, of Washington, Michigan; grandchildren, Amy and husband Matthew, Gary, Emily and husband Scott, Andrew, Rebecca and husband Carl, Morgan, J. T. and Shelby; great-grandchildren, Lily, Noah, London and Jay; and several nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Richard Knauss; and sister, Doris Whetter.

He graduated in 1946 from Bad Axe High School in Michigan.

Tom was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and an elder.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

Tom was a baker in Bad Axe for 15 years, prior to being a factory foreman for Spenax, for over 20 years.

He was a member of the Kiwanis for 20 years.

Tom loved sports and was an avid golfer.  He also enjoyed bowling in various leagues.

He was a model train enthusiast and was also a small plane pilot.

A Gathering of Tom’s Family and Friends will be from 11 am to Noon, Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church, 124 w. Broadway St., in Shelbyville.

The Celebration of Tom’s life will follow at Noon at the church, with Rev. Mark Morningstar officiating.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital, 500 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

Online condolences may be shared with Tom’s family at

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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