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Obituary: Hebb, David Hudobenko

Age 70

HEBB, David Hudobenko

Died October 13th after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Dave was born to Harold and Vera Hebb on June 6, 1942 in New York City.

He was raised in Waterbury, CT where he developed his love of God, nature, hunting, fishing and high school sweetheart Barbara Erlandson.

Together they attended the University of Connecticut, and were married in 1968.

Dave went on to serve as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers including a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Following honorable discharge, Dave completed graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Mineral Economics.

While living in Colorado, Barb and Dave became parents.

The Hebbs moved to Spokane in 1987 where Dave started his own business and received his nickname, the Barrel Man of Spokane.

His career focused on a passion for finding alternate uses for industrial products and materials and saving them from landfills.

He was active in the local Vietnam Vets chapter, a dedicated volunteer with the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a certified gemologist and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Barb; his children, Jennifer (Scott) Wroblewski and Nicholas (Elise) Hebb; his brother, Harold; and his grandchildren, Evelyn, Laura, Ainslie, Bennett and Timothy.

Services will be held Saturday October 20th at 10:30am at Saint David’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Cancer Care Northwest ( or 509-228-1019) or Saint David’s Episcopal Church (509) 466-3100.

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