Harrison County lost our surveyor this past weekend.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
- Psalm 23
Harrison County Surveyor Tom Bube passed away Saturday morning shortly after 5:00 a.m.
Tom was born in Harrison County in 1940. He recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Mary. They have one son and three grandchildren.
Tom served five years in the United States Army in Korea and Germany. He worked in maintenance at General Electric for 33 years and later owned The Lunch Box restaurant in New Middletown for about 7 years. Tom was the charter president of the New Middletown Lions Club among his many other community and civic activities.
In 2000, Tom was elected as County Surveyor by the voters of Harrison County. They went on to reelect him overwhelmingly in 2004 and again in 2008. Tom was a hardworking public servant who put many miles on his red pickup truck driving all over the county—“in the field” as he always said—to do survey work. He was a working surveyor that tracked through many fields and woods to help find boundary markers and settle property line disputes for citizens of the county.
Tom was a great Republican and a great public official. But—far more than that and much more importantly—he was a great man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
We will miss him.
Please continue to keep the Bube family in your prayers.
Here's Tom at two of the candidate forums held during the 2008 election:
Lots of politicians have people speak well of them after they're dead and gone. People (of both parties) spoke well of Tom Bube while he was alive. He was a good friend.