Longtime O'Fallon School District 203 school board member Eric Hubbard died unexpectedly Saturday, reportedly of a heart attack.
Fellow school board member Susan Holden said she was "stunned" when she heard the news. "We were just at the board meeting Thursday evening. He looked really good," she said Sunday. "It's very sad."
Holden described Hubbard, 60, as a "valued community member. "He will be greatly missed," she said. "He was a nice, considerate man."
District 203 Superintendent Darcy Benway informed staff at OTHS about Hubbard's passing via email Sunday. "Eric was an OTHS board member for 20 years and was passionate about OTHS and education," Benway stated in the email. "He will be greatly missed."
Hubbard ran for O'Fallon Township trustee earlier this month. During the April 9 election, Hubbard garnered the most votes with 2,908 or 19 percent, according to unofficial results. Hubbard would have been sworn in as township trustee next month, and his school board term would have ended.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O'Fallon and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 1810 McClintock in Belleville.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Gary Byers officiating. Burial will be at O'Fallon City Cemetery.
Hubbard is survived by his wife, Deborah; his mother, Betty J. Hubbard; two children, Nathan (Autymn) Hubbard, and Emilee Hubbard; two grandchildren, Kailee Hubbard and Wyatt Hubbard; and his brother, Craig (Claudia) Hubbard, all of O'Fallon.
Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.