Lambert (Buck) Juba

Lambert (Buck) Juba

Lambert Peter (Buck) Juba, 92, of Blue Earth, died Friday, July 4, 2014, at United Hospital District. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth, with Father Peter Klein as celebrant.

Burial will be 5 p.m. Thursday in Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Willmar, Minn. Visitation time will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th Street in Blue Earth, and one hour before the service at the church. Web tributes may be left at

He was born October 3, 1921, at Marshall, Minn., the son of Peter and Gertrude (Cierpiszewski) Juba. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1939. On October 16, 1944, he married Gertrude Otillia Lanter in Mascoutah, Ill., when he was still in the army. After the war, they eventually settled in Pipestone, Minn., and though he wanted to use his army training in radio/electronics for a new career he reverted back to his pre-war skills in the grocery business. He worked long hard hours and thrived in his work world even when times were tough like when he had to move his family to rescue his Willmar store. He was playful and lots of fun and a great storyteller with interesting voices and masterful timing. He had a repertoire of jokes, limericks, and tricks that his descendants are still enjoying! He loved family – ALL his family: his own family of origin and all the Juba-side relatives, he loved his Illinois in-laws; he loved his kids and their partners and grands and greats. He was very friendly even with strangers and enjoyed a large circle of friends. Most of all he loved his Gertie and thought she was very brave to go away with him to far away Minnesota and start a new life.

He is survived by his sons, Tom (Sue) Juba of Blue Earth, Dick (Sally) Juba of Shakopee, and Michael (Monica) Juba of Chaska; his daughters, Mary (Charlie Wiesen) Juba of Madison, Wis., and Carol (Jim) Neppl of Winona; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; four brothers, Bernie, Jerome, Bob, and Dick; and two sisters, Ronnie VanHee and Eunice Dale.

Please send memorials to St Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, 1219 S. Ramsey St.; Blue Earth, MN in “Buck’s” name.