Chester D. Hubbard

2004 WRHS All Class Reunion


Prayers & Memories

2007 Navajo Nation Presidential Inauguration



The family has selected Thursday, October 18, 2007 to be the date of the funeral services for Chester Hubbard, Jr. The following has yet to be determined:

        Selection of mortuary in charge/viewing

        Location of services and burial

        Time of services

Your understanding is deeply appreciated and we will advise more as received.

Cards/and/or donations may be sent to: Mrs. Cleora Hubbard-Shunkamolah; 407 Valentina; Gallup, New Mexico 87301.

Thank you so much.

                                                                                                          October 15, 2007 12:00 AM


Good Morning, Nancy. please post that the Hubbard family wishes to inform our relatives, friends, and classmates that they were with their brother Chester D. Hubbard, Jr. as he passed on to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven at 7:25 A.M. MDT this morning, October 14, 2007.

Once the sisters are at a location where they can receive telephone calls and/or cards, it will be posted at their request. Your continued prayers for the family are appreciated.

In Christ, Georgia

                                                                                                          October 14, 2007

Georgia A. Ashley

WRHS Class of 1966

The sisters of Chester D. Hubbard, Jr., Class of 1968, wish to inform family, friends and classmates that Chester (Ch'izh) is currently in a coma and will be moved this evening, October 12, 2007, to Kaseman Hospital-Hospice Inpatient Unit; 8300 Constitution, N.E.; Albuquerque, NM. 87110. Please do not call Hospice.

However, visitation is welcomed; and/or cards may be sent to the above address. Email messages may be sent to: Georgia A. Ashley, and I will print them for the family. Updates will be provided via this site in lieu of contacting the family at this time. Your prayers are greatly appreciated during this time of difficulty.

On Behalf of Lydia Hubbard-Pourier, Cleora Hubbard-Shunkamolah, Joseph Hubbard

                                                                                                         October 12, 2007

Sis Voegtli

WRHS Faculty

My prayers are with you and the family Chester. It is so great that your family is with you at this time of need.

                                                                                                            October 13, 2007

Griff Ramey
WRHS Faculty

I am sorry to hear of your illness. Our friendship has meant a great deal to me over the past 45 years.

                                                                                                         October 13, 2007

Wanda Montgomery Jury
WRHS Class of 1969

I remember working with you at Kentucky were the 'chef' and Nela and I were the worker bees. You were a friend then and at the reunions you were the same kind and wonderful friend that I remembered. Our prayers are with you.

                                                                                                          October 13, 2007

Pandora Haven-Watchman
WRHS Class of 1976

Praying for peace for your family and reassurance that you are in the palm of His glorious hand.

                                                                                                          October 13, 2007

Nancy Martin-Rikel
WRHS Class of 1965

I pray for peace and serenity for Chester, his loved ones and friends as we all face this difficult time together...united in spirit and love.

                                                                                                           October 13, 2007

Gloria Damon-Lares
WRHS Class of 1972

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. My cousin is Marla Damon and I remember Chester when I was attending Window Rock High School. He always had a sense of humor and that is how I remember him. God Bless.

                                                                                                          October 14, 2008

Larry Nelson
WRHS Class of 1966

Chester, I know you know this, but just as a reminder, the love and support of the Greater Window Rock High School Family is with you and your family always.  God Bless and watch over you.

                                                                                                           October 14, 2007

Carol Eddy-Nelson
WRHS Class of 1965

My prayers are with you Lydia and your family for Chester. I am sure you are beside yourself with worry. Take comfort in the fact that your friends and classmates are here for you. I think everyone can relate to their time around Chester. He is a great guy, funny and just a joy to be around. He really beat the odds when he and my brother Bob were in that car accident in high school. Maybe by some miracle he can beat the odds again. He is in my prayers.

                                                                                                          October 14, 2007

Ella Natonabah

WRHS Class of 1964

Sad to hear of another "Scout" passing -- condolences to his family. Chester had a keen sense of humor and will be missed at the reunions with his usual upbeat and friendly personality. May he rest in peace.

                                                                                                          October 14, 2007

Jerry Skiles

WRHS Class of 1973

I too have lost a brother in Ch'izh. As always, my prayers are with my second family. It does not seem that long ago that the Hubbard's opened their door for me and treated me as one of their own. I will never forget my friend and brother Ch'izh. God Bless.

                                                                                                          October 14, 2007

WRHS Class of 1965

Well my brother, I just learned of spirit world journey, that you started this morning. . . it is hard to accept but all of us have a time to move on. . . I am indeed thankful for the all the times that we spent laughing, talking, BSing over the years, God's speed brother!

                                                                                                          October 14, 2007

Justine Sanderson-Morez
WRHS Class of 1987

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, Joe, Cleora (Dozy), Lydia and Donny. My family (Sanderson family) have been long time neighbors to the Hubbard's. I just heard of this news this morning from my mother Margaret Sanderson and how much we will all miss "Chizh". My Mom became a MOM to the Hubbard's and many others with in our neighborhood, she cared and loved all like her own. God Bless you Chizh, you are at peace with our Lord and Savior. I will miss you. For Dozy, Lydia, Joe & Donny, May God be with you, thru this time of difficulty, take care and be safe. With Love Arla.

                                                                                                          October 15, 2007

David Crow

Cleora and family. We all are thinking of you at this difficult time and offer our prayers for Chester and to the family during this time of mourning...God bless you all. David and Sister Lynn (Class of 1966)

                                                                                                          October 15, 2007

Terry Bennett
WRHS Class of 1973

I just saw Chester a few weeks ago. He was looking well and was in good spirits so this is a big surprise. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Those of us that lived on Chee Dodge in WR were like a family so I too have a lost a 'big brother'. My mother and I will pray for healing of the family and please know that we think of you all often.

                                                                                                          October 15, 2007

Jeremy Bahe
WRHS Class 1996

Chester will be missed by the Navajo Nation Band and all of it's members from the past to the present. He did his part in helping the band in becoming who we are today. As a fellow low brass player for the NNB, I will greatly miss his presence and his musicianship.

                                                                                                          October 15, 2007

Pat Sutton

WRHS Class of 1976

Chester will be missed. I will miss him greatly. We (Val, Ch'izh & I) did travel to many of the NNB performances together and had many laughs and good times. Missed him during the NN Fair this year. To the Hubbard family you all have been in my prayers and thoughts since the first call came and prayers Thanks for allowing Chester to share his talents with the NNB and his contributions will not be forgotten.

                                                                                                        October 15, 2007

Carol McCabe Dahozy
WRHS Class of 1972

Dear Lydia, Cleora, Joe and Donny,

I am very saddened to hear of losing Chester "Chizh". He was part of everyone's family and a big brother to many of us as well. I know words are hard to come by during an extremely difficult time as this. Please know that my family will be with you in prayer and spirit. We send our love, smiles and hugs to you all and will be praying for strength, comfort and peace in your hearts. We love you. Carol and JR Dahozy.

                                                                                                        October 15, 2007

Ashaleena Sam

 Hi..I wasn't a classmate of his or even attended the same school as he did. I was one of his band members. Even though I wasn't one of his closest friends or family member, he was on of the very few who made me feel welcomed when I was barely joining the Navajo Nation. He was the one that helped me smile while i sat alone debating whether i had made the right choice coming on this trip (Ceremonial Rehearsal). He taught me to appreciate my gift as a saxophone player. He was the one that told me it was ok to be different and it was ok if i wasn't the same as the other kids in the Navajo Nation Band. He taught me so much in that little conversation and helped be appreciate so much. I thank him for that and I thank the relatives/friends who may have taught him to be the kind, generous person he was. I pray that he rests in peace and thank him for talking to me that day. God Bless his soul.

                                                                                                          October 15, 2007

Dorothy (Natonabah) Saucedo
WRHS Class of 1967

I grieve for another young man, gone too soon from us. The Lord has called him home, his work is done here on earth and we are left with many memories. He has touched our lives in many ways and those are what we will hold dear to us. My prayers are with you Lydia and your family, may God give you all guidance and strength during this difficult time.

We the WRHS family are strong and we are united in love and friendship always and forever.

God speed Chester, he has welcomed you home.


                                                                                                         October 15, 2007

Kathy Nelson
Class of 1969

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Chester was a friend of my brothers; Larry, Mike and Tom.

We moved away from the reservation in 1965 but there will always be a place in our hearts for the time we spent there and all the friends we made.

                                                                                                     October 15, 2007

Josephine Clyde
NNB Member from S/R

I am going to miss Chester and his stories about being employed by the railroad company and what band was like as a youngster. My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family. He was a great storyteller and our best baritone/sousaphone player in Navajo Nation/Tribal Band.

                                                                                                        October 16, 2007

Valerie T. Harrison
WRHS Class of1976

Chester will be missed in all of our families and especially among the Navajo Nation Band Family. His love of all music and talent was infectious and was always appreciated and shared by all. He left us suddenly but not without first giving everyone many fond, and often funny, memories. I will surely miss him as a friend, fellow musician and director, but am comforted by the thought that Chester is home. May he rest in peace and we shall see him again soon.

My condolences and prayers to the Hubbard families.

                                                                                                        October 16, 2007


Sharon Ashcroft Walter
WRHS Class of 1968

My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Chester Hubbard. Chester was one of my closest friends in high school. Chester, Pat Martin, and I were the youngest kids in our class and used to take a lot of teasing about being the “babies”. I have so many great memories of Chester and all the crazy times we had together. We got into a lot of mischief, and could laugh and laugh about everyday happenings.

After college, I pretty much lost touch with my WR friends. Chester and Claudia were the two classmates who took the time to find me, and helped me reconnect with my WRHS family. I will always be grateful to them for their continued friendship.

Chester kept in close contact with me throughout all these years. Several years ago he sent me the greatest birthday present. He had a disc jockey make a CD for me with songs that were popular when we were in high school. He also had the DJ personalize the CD for me. The DJ would introduce each song with a memory of a fun time that Chester and I had shared. It is a priceless gift, as was his friendship.

I am sending on these photos that remind me of happier days. These were taken at WRHS in 1968, just before our “Publications” class. We all used to crack up, because our teacher for the yearbook/newspaper would tell us EVERY SINGLE day, “You are the Seniors, and it is your responsibility to make sure you have a good yearbook. And, that 2nd hour class JUST MADE MINCEMEAT of the whole thing!” We knew that remark was coming every day and it would be all we could do, to keep a straight face and not laugh out loud.

Bill Clemens, Chester, Sharon Ashcroft, Tony Davis.

Tony Davis, Bill Clemens, and Chester Hubbard

As I most remember him….smiling, laughing at every situation.

My love and sympathy to everyone in Chester’s family.

                                                                                                        October 16, 2007

Melinda Lou Anderson-West
WRHS Class of

Chester played a "huge" role in everyone's life. I am do thankful that I knew him as a big brother. Now that his journey is onto the "Spirit World" with our Creator, may we always remember him with that special smile.

Lydia, Dozy, Joe, and Don, thank you so much for sharing him with all of us.

Love and Prayers - Melinda Anderson-West

                                                                                                        October 16, 2007


Evelyn (Reed) Herzog
WRHS Class of 1967

To the family and extended family of Ch'izh;

Dear Ch段zh,

I spoke to Lydia the day before you passed and ask her to convey my farewell to you. My continued prayer is that, although you were already preparing for your new journey, she somehow was able to reach you and let you know my feelings before you proceeded.

I want to again reiterate my special friendship with you. It was soooo very special.

Since the reunion of 1992, I was the recipient of your very special Christmas cards, always a reminder of Window Rock, the Fort, and the Navajo Nation. These cards, once opened, always contained Christmas CONFETTI, which scattered everywhere. I'm sure it took two packages to complete this task.

I am proud to say that my scrapbook saves every card you ever sent, CONFETTI included.

After the 2003 reunion, I was the proud recipient of your numerous phone calls in addition to a continuation of cards & CONFETTI.

You were a tremendous support after the passing of my beloved husband, Keith. I offered to come to your bedside to return these favors, but was told it would be too late.

My prayer is that Lydia reached you with my thoughts and somehow your soul heard and it made YOU smile.

Ch段zh, please know that it just wasn't Christmas until your card arrived. I didn't receive one this past year and I let it slide. I regret that. I told you I was saving up the CONFETTI to bring it to some future reunion to shower YOU. If I thought it would have helped, I would have come to your bedside, and a SHOWER would have OCCURRED! Actually, I would never have parted with one morsel of this CONFETTI.

Well my dearest Ch'izh, it is now time to say GOODBYE.

I will miss all our conversations and laughs, but know that we will meet again someday. Will you please say hello to all the people we know.

Keep smiling.

We will meet again. Until then, my dear friend, watch over us from above.

You will always remain awesome!!!!

                                                                                                        October 16, 2007

Tom Nelson
WRHS Class of 1968

Hubbard Family;

Was sorry to hear the news of Chester's passing. I had not seen Chester in over forty years, but was able to have dinner with Him last year during the Tribal fair. His personality had not changed since the last time I saw Him in 65. A very warm, intelligent and funny guy. It is sad to have heard in the last few years of the passing of many of My friends from the class of 68. Time may pass, but memories of My time on the Rez, are fresh in My mind

My regards to the Hubbard family, and the many friends of Chester.

 Band trip to Flagstaff 1965
Chester, Herman (Freddy) Fredenberg, and Russell Morgan.

                            October 16, 2007

Tina Bowen (Sorrell)
WRHS Class of 1087

My prayers are with you to be comforted in this most difficult time. Hold on to the many happy memories. Chi'zh will always be remembered by me for his sense of humor, smile and sincere heart. He was like an Uncle to me and I always enjoyed seeing him and laughing at his funny stories he would share. May God bless and comfort you Lydia, Dozie and Joe.

                                                                                                        October 16, 2007

Christie Masters
WRHS Class of 1969

Our thoughts and prayers are with Chester's family. May you all be comforted in this time of loss.

Yvonne Masters
Deniece Masters Fournier
Christie Masters
Bobbi Masters Hunting

                                                                                                        October 17, 2007

Dean Brunton
WRHS Class of 1972

God's blessings and comfort to the whole Hubbard family. A great group of kind, accomplished and friendly neighbors and schoolmates.

                                                                                                        October 17, 2007

Dave Radcliffe
WRHS Class of 1973

I know several members of the Hubbard family, and there is no question of how much Chester will be missed. My heart goes out to all of you. I considered Chester a good friend, and I will always remember him that way. May God Bless you, and keep you Chester.

                                                                                                        October 17, 2008

Georgia A. Ashley
WRHS Class of 1966

My dear little "brother" Ch'izh; You are now in your eternal home; it's the rest of us who are still remaining. . . and the sadness we feel in letting go. . .I remember and wish to repeat what you said to all of us musicians one year at our Navajo Nation Band Banquet. You said, "music can take you a long way. How many our age today are still on the sports courts, fields, etc.? not too many; however, knowing how to play an instrument can take one a far distance." You proved it, brother, and you were an encouraging leader in the band. You stepped into the 'big shoes' of your Hubbard family, in serving as former Navajo Nation Band Director. You served as a Section leader, chaperone, and friend to even the youngest in the band. A percentage of the WRHS family knew you in your young days; The rest of us had the privilege of standing alongside you and seeing you mature. Becoming a loving "dad", "uncle" to the bigger band family as well as your own family. You will always remain in our hearts as that special leader and friend. Farewell and until we meet again on the other side of the Jordan River. . .your big sister, Georgia.

                                                                                                              October 17, 2008

Lynette Charlie
Friend & NNB Member

Chester evokes very fond memories and will greatly be missed. My days in the NNB are over but the memories I have of my time with the band include Chester and all the great fun he managed to put together for his Tuba City friends. I will miss you a great deal Chester!!! I send my deepest condolences to the Hubbard Family.

                                                                                                                October 17, 2007

Charlotte Goodluck
WRHS Class of 1065

Dear Lydia and your clan and family members, Please know we are with you during your time of great loss and grief. Chester was an outstanding, kind, and graceful human being. His spirit is now in the spirit world where he will be loved and blessed as he was on Mother Earth. I am sending my love to you, Lydia, I am really sorry. Charlotte Goodluck, Flagstaff, Arizona.

                                                                                                        October 17, 2007

Rick and Teri Heyser

We were so sorry to hear of Chester's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Chester's family and friends.

                                                                                                            October 17, 2007

Miranda "Rindy" Blatchford
WRHS Class of 1977

As I sit here trying to compose this note to the family of Chizh, I am finding that there is so much I want to say. I will miss Chizh, he was a great friend and I had the honor of playing in the Baritone section of the Navajo Nation Band along side him. The Baritone section will never be the same without Chizh. I remember most the times we played during Christmas at the chapter houses, we had to sing carols...he knew all the words to the Carols and even the 2nd, 3rd and last verses. I cannot attend the funeral, but my prayers and thoughts will be with you, the Hubbard family during this time. There are so many memories...its hard to continue. I have so many tears falling that I'm afraid I might short-out my computer.

Bye Chizh, I'll miss you, I'll think of you every time we play "Old Comrades".

"Rindy" (Miranda Blatchford)'77

                                                                                                        October 17, 2007

Mike Nelson

WRHS Class of 1967

Lydia and Hubbard family: Was sad to hear of another Navajo brother passing away so young, was blessed to have been able to have dinner with Chester and his sisters last year during the fair. I Will remember his gentleness, it reassuring to know that by reading the other emails , that he is now with the most gentle man who ever lived and than died and rose again for everyone's sake, Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                            October 18, 2007

A Stealth Operator Constantly behind the scenes,
Making laughter and joy,
Music... the language of the universe
Was his voice.
Like a clairvoyant
He always knew our thoughts
And comforted us accordingly.
This will remain with me,
As well as so many others.
Have a joyous journey
My Brother, my friend.

Let's say this is 1972...
I believe Chester might have said something like this...
"If loving you is wrong, Are you willing to give of yourself...
To those who look up to you?
Well....I did..

If loving you was wrong, I didn't wanna be right...
Was I wrong to hold on to the best thing I had?
Well Honey..that was you...My WRScouts Family!!!!!!"

Luther Ingram If Lovin You is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right