Lt. Col. (USAF Retired) Stanley J. Dubriske Jr., age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
He was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont on February 25, 1933.
Lt. Col. Dubriske enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951, and was commissioned as an officer in 1954. Over his 21 years of service, he was rated as a command pilot and qualified as an instructor pilot in six different aircraft, including the KC-135 and C-130. Lt. Col. Dubriske served three tours in Vietnam, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as a rescue crew commander during an evacuation of military personnel from a base in Laos about to be overrun by hostile forces. Lt. Col. Dubriske controlled over 50 aircraft during the operation and personally performed multiple inflight refueling of rescue helicopters over hostile and mountainous terrain, resulting in over 70 personnel being saved from certain capture.
After retirement from the Air Force, Lt. Col. Dubriske attended Henderson State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He had a private tax and accounting practice in Hot Springs for over 35 years.
Lt. Col. Dubriske was an accomplished golfer, recognized as the club champion at Hot Springs Village and Diamondhead Country Club on multiple occasions over three decades. He also held the course record at Diamondhead for several years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carolyn Dubriske, along with three children, Steven (Regina) Dubriske, Susan (Bradford) Mace, and David (Alysia) Dubriske. He also cherished his five grandchildren, Nathaniel, Jeremy and Andrew Dubriske, and Hayden and Evan Mace.
Interment will be at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a military charity of your choice; or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 109 Hobson Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
Online guestbook available at www.grossfuneral home.com.