Arthur "Blackie" Hubbard

  • Born: February 9, 1921
  • Died: September 22, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Arthur Lowell "Blackie" Hubbard, 99, passed away at home from natural causes on Sept 22, 2020. Per his request he will be cremated, with interment at the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery at Van Meter, Iowa, at a later date, and there will be no formal services or visitation.

Blackie was born in Almartha, MO., on February 9, 1921. He was the fourth of eight children born to Chester and Mary (Weiss) Hubbard. Blackie left school in Sherrard, IL, in the eighth grade. He spent his pre-teen years helping in his father's blacksmith shop. At the age of 16 he began a long career with the John Deere Company both in East Moline, IL, and Des Moines, IA. He served in the US Navy in WWII aboard the USS Lexington aircraft carrier. He went aboard the Lexington as a plank owner when the ship was commissioned in 1943 in Boston. Following his service in the Navy he returned to John Deere, where he was recognized for his over 70 patents on cotton harvesting equipment. He was awarded the Leonardo De Vinci Award for Design by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was also inducted into the Iowa Inventor's Hall of Fame, and he introduced the first mechanical cotton pickers to Brazil. In 1977 he was among a delegation of Deere & Co. officials that traveled to the Soviet Union (USSR) for a symposium on cotton growing and harvesting.

After retiring from John Deere in 1980, he enjoying cooking, traveling, camping with friends, and spending 14 winters in Bandera, Texas.

Blackie is survived by his wife, Alice; two sons, Gary (Selah) of Columbus, GA., and Bruce of Ankeny; brother, Lisle (Carol) Hubbard of Rock Island, IL; grandchildren, Karen Woods Cottrill, Doug Woods, Laura Woods Mosley, Cristopher Hubbard, Chris Hubbard, Kelly Hubbard Avila, P.J. Dauterive; great-grandchildren, Andrew Cottrill, Sela Cottrill, Kate Woods Bartlett, Zach Woods, Preston Woods, Mandi Mosley Farmer, Kari Kinser, Max Avila, and Caleb Dauterive; great-great-grandchildren, Frances Bartlett, Hilly Bartlett, Brinley Farmer, Drew Farmer, Oscar Oswald Woods, and Wells Oswald Woods.

He is preceded in death by his son, Brian in 2005.

The family will be forwarding any memorials to the USS Lexington Museum On The Bay and the USS Lexington CV-16 Association Scholarship fund.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Alice Hubbard - Ankeny, IA - Spouse   November 28, 2020

I will always remember you and such a calm about you. How my family loves you. Rest In Peace and Blackie!! Know you made a difference.

Posted by Vickie Williams - Pleasantville, IA - Friend   September 29, 2020

Thankyou for my working career at JD Des Moines Works. Without your genius and ingenuity with cotton harvesting equipment, there may not even be a factory there anymore.

Posted by Larry DeWitt - Urbandale, IA - Coworker   September 26, 2020

John Deere has lost one of its most iconic retirees. He an his background are lost forever. He was one of a kind.

Posted by Glen Erickson - Mesa, AZ - Coworker   September 26, 2020

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you Alice and family. We so enjoyed calling Blackie our friend for all 47 years of your married life. He could be a little ornery on occasion but had a heart of gold! We have so many treasured memories with him!

Posted by Jim & Judi Logan - Ankeny, IA - Friend   September 25, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Blackie lived a long and great life.
Our Sympathy
Bob and Louise Johnson

Posted by Louise Johnson - Ankeny, IA - Friend   September 25, 2020

Alice I fell your loss and please let me know if I can do anything to help you
in any way. Life is full of memories you shared and will always be with you,
Later when time has passed and some healing as be done, you will think back
upon the the times you had together and with a little smile remenber.
Don't let yourself get you down. Keep yourself with good memories and good
health and friends.

Ardyth Cornell

Posted by Ardyth Cornell - Bondurant, IA - Friend   September 25, 2020

Well Iowa lost a legend!
John Deere would not be where they are now in the Cotton Harvesting business. What an incredible man! Sure loved growing up with Blackie and Alice, 100's of great memories! Con not tell you how many times I laughed until I cried with Blackie!
God rest his sole and many hugs to Alice!!
Love, The Zaun family

Posted by Brad Zaun - Urbandale, IA - Family Friend   September 25, 2020

Sharon and I are saddened to learn of Blackie's passing. He was an amazing man and a loving husband to our high school classmate Alice. He will be missed.

Posted by Robert Harrison - Ankeny, IA - Friend   September 25, 2020

He'll be remembered.

Posted by Gary & Seal Hubbard - Fortson, GA - Son   September 25, 2020