Votruba, Richard Paul (Bubba), Zilwaukee, Michigan


Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Select Specialty Hospital following a brief illness with his loving, devoted wife by his side. He fought the difficult battle but lost the war. Richard was born to Dr. Andrew Votruba and Marie (Gnatkowski) on November 5, 1942. He married Gail S. Bauer October 20, 1990. She survives him. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy as SFP2 (E-5) having served in the Cuban Crisis and Viet Nam from 1962-1966. He served on the USS Washburn AKA 108 as a plumber foreman. Richard proudly served his country and was a dedicated Veteran who continued his dedication for the freedom he fought for to make our United States of America the Country it is today. Upon discharge from the military he was employed at Pipefitters and Steamfitters Local #85 for 30 years as a pipefitter/welder. He retired June of 1997 after thirty years of service. His philosophy after retirement was “don’t call me, I’ll call you” and he never wavered from that. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars #1859. He was an avid hunter traveling to Wyoming for many years with several friends. His hobbies were sleeping and between naps he was an avid history reader. Rich read non-fiction books exclusively, many times and highlighted important information. He was a dedicated viewer of Bill O’Reilly, enjoyed morel mushrooms at his cabin since childhood because he knew the land like the back of his hand, finding many boxes full each season. He and Gail enjoyed traveling and went to Branson, Missouri for many years, Amish towns in many different states, Gulf Shores, Alabama for the last four years during the winter months, Nashville Tennessee, Mount Rushmore, Mackinaw City, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He loved going to the Zilwaukee Boat Dock and watching ships, keeping record of every ship he saw using the many ship books he kept close to his side. Surviving besides his wife Gail are his daughter Christine and her son of Nebraska; Jimmy (Tina) Duran, a devoted son he never had, and their children, Hannah Grace and Jack Richard who called him Gampa Bubba; sisters: Sister Carol Ann Votruba, RSM, Farmington Hills; Jane (John) Maulbetsch, Ann Arbor, and their children Andy (Sarah), Lisa (Mike) and Paul and their children; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lanny and Sonoko (Naomi) Bauer, Bob and Judie Spitz, Jan and Mike Jolin, Monica and Dr. Russ Ritchie, Maribeth Allen, JoEllen and Terry Krawczak and many devoted, loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews, Mike, Jeff, Scott, Tara, Ashleigh, Landon, Jenelle, Austin and Hunter, Jackie (Queenie), Jacob, Loren, Madison, Zac and Ryan. Rich was preceded in death by his loving parents and one granddaughter. Special thanks to Dr. Amin and Hilda, 7th Floor Oncology Staff – Harrison and Hospice Staff at Specialty Select Hospital for the loving and compassionate care they gave him. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. William R. Taylor will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery where Military Honors will be presented by V.F.W. Post #1859. Friends may call at Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Monday from 3:00-8:00 and at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Family and friends will pray the Rosary 6:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Veterans Organizations in Richard’s honor, Saginaw County Hospice, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. www.snowfuneralhome.net