Obituary for Ralph Kenneth Jubb Jr.
Ken Jubb was born on December 27, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa to Ralph K. Jubb and Irene (Zenor) Jubb. The family moved to Portland where Ken attended Vestul Grade School and graduated from Benson High. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945. During his early service Ken was a rifle range instructor at Camp Pendleton where he was awarded numerous citations for his expertise. Toward the end of his service, he was shipped out to Hawaii awaiting orders for the assault on Japan. Ken’s family is thankful that the war came to an end before that order came. In 1944, Ken married Virginia Sparks, “the girl next door”, and the following year they welcomed daughter, Judy Ann. The family settled in Portland where, in 1952, son Ralph K. Jubb III was born and the family was complete. Ken began his career in the roofing industry with Pabco/Bird & Sons Roofing. Ken was well respected as a top salesman in that industry, winning many awards and friends along the way. He retired from Bird but continued with a new career as a professional wedding and portrait photographer. Ken was a lifelong Mason (1948) and Shriner (1952) and was a great supporter of Judy’s and Ralph’s involvement in Job’s Daughters and DeMolay, acting as Grand Guardian for Job’s Daughters and the DeMolay Cross of Honor. Ken was also the director of the award winning Bethel #9 Drill Team. He and Virginia traveled extensively with these organizations. Over the years Ken acted as the photographer for the Shrine organization and particularly loved his time spent at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Ken was honored to be named Photographer Emeritus. Ken became an active member of the award-winning Al Kader Oriental Band continuing to keep the beat as a drummer right up until his passing on April 22, 2017. Virginia Jubb was born July 28, 1925 in Hood River, Oregon to Kenneth R. Sparks and Lillian (McDonald) Sparks. The family moved to Portland where Virginia attended school, but she spent many summers at the family ranch in Antelope, the area where the family settled as pioneer Clarnos and McDonalds. Virginia was focused on family and close friends. She was a 4’11’’ and all energy. She loved to laugh, and the worst thing she could say about anyone was that they were “naughty”. She was proud of and loved her children but, truth be told, she loved her grand-children unconditionally. Virginia loved fashion and enjoyed working in sales of lady’s tailored clothing for many years. She was a life-long member of Eastern Star and supported Ken in his Masonic and Shrine organizations, most recently the Oriental Band. Ken and Virginia were pre-deceased by daughter Judy Van Alstyne. They are survived by son Ralph (Janelle), son-in-law Richard Van Alstyne, five grand-children, Mark, Laurie (Lori) and Jennifer Van Alstyne, R. Kenneth Jubb IV (Michelle), Spencer Jubb and two great grand-children, Jordan Wade and Joshua Jubb. Virginia is also survived by her brother Michael Sparks (Christie), nephews Ryan and Aaron Sparks sister-in-law Betty Sparks and niece Julia Sparks. A funeral for Virginia was held December 2, 2016. The memorial service for Ken will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Shrine Center, 25100 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville, Oregon at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Ladder of Smiles” a charity for the benefit of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.