Mr. Richard “Dick” Hobbs was born on November 12, 1921, in Chariton, Iowa. He was the son of Charles and Leatha Jacobs Hobbs. He graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a bachelor’s degree and from Northwest Missouri College with a master’s degree. He also obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Kirksville State teachers’ College.
After serving with the US Marines in WW11, Mr. Hobbs held teaching positions at high schools in Belmond, Securney and Bloomfield, Iowa for 15 years. He came to Hoopeston in 1963 where he taught woodworking classes and coached football. Mr. Hobbs served as head track coach from 1965-1978. During that time in track his track teams won 10 county titles, 3 Wauseca Conference titles and placed second in the state in 1975.
His hobby was carving wooden caricatures of small-town life and Western scenes. He won many awards for his exceptional talent in woodworking.
Mr. Hobbs spent his last day at school teaching. After returning home that evening, he wasstricken with a heart attack while working on his car. He passed away on January 15, 1979. Mr. Hobbs was a well-liked teacher, a successful coach and a friendly man. He dedicated his life to the teaching and coaching of young people.