Cletus C. Lubbehusen, 97, Ferdinand

Cletus C. Lubbehusen, 97, of Ferdinand, died  Wednesday November 6, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Ferdinand February 11, 1922, to Albert  and Mary (Krampe) Lubbehusen. He married Ardella Bockelman January 23, 1947, at St. Joseph Church in Jasper.

Cletus retired from Frank Heidet and Son Hardware after 54 years of employment. He was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph Sodality. He was a member of Jasper Knights of Columbus Council 1584, a life member and charter member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, serving as its commander and adjunct, a life member and charter member of Huntingburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2366, original board of directors of Patoka Lake, and Dubois County Commissioner for 11 years. He served as treasurer for the Dubois County Democratic Party for 16 years, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police since 1960, and a former member of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department . He and his wife Ardella were the grand marshals for the Ferdinand Sesquicentennial as the oldest married couple in Ferdinand.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ardella Lubbehusen; one daughter, Karen Hopster, Jasper; five sons, Larry Lubbehusen and wife Penny, Pittsboro, Kenneth Lubbehusen and wife Doreen, Goose Creek, South , John Lubbehusen and wife Eileen and  James Lubbehusen, all of St. Anthony, and Kevin Lubbehusen and wife Sue, Ferdinand; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother Roy Lubbehusen and wife Hilda, Sarasota, Florida.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by son-in-law John Hopster, one sister, Alberta Schum, and one brother, Jerome Lubbehusen.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at

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