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Richard Lubic, 1937-2016

Richard “Dick” Lubic, 79, passed away on Dec. 14, 2016, in Tehachapi, after a battle with bladder cancer. Richard was born to Ben and Ruth Lubic and grew up in Fresno where he played football and ran track.

He served in the Navy during the Korean War and played college football in Idaho. Richard developed one of the first cable television services in 1959 and worked with business partner Dick Clark expanding the cable industry. Richard also worked with Robert Kennedy during his campaign and was in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen when Kennedy was assassinated, later testifying at the trial of Sirhan Sirhan.

His entrepreneurship allowed him to travel the world and reside throughout the U.S., but he eventually settled in Tehachapi after developing Country Cable. His favorite past times included traveling, eating at great restaurants, singing Frank Sinatra, taking Sunday drives and telling stories.

Richard is survived by four daughters, Ashley Lubic of Tehachapi, Kim Ullmann of Connecticut, Bari Burke of Connecticut, and Suzi Mills of New Hampshire; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his older brother, Alan Lubic of Carlsbad; nieces, Lori Ninberg and Valerie Lubic; nephew, David Lubic; cousin, David Milton; and ex-wife, Linda Rasmussen-Lubic.

Special thank you to Optimal Hospice (Alexandra, Laura, Mary, Yvonne, June and Madi), and the staff at Mulberry Place.

Interment with military honors is scheduled at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at 1:15 p.m. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.

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