Stephen Lee Gubelmann
1950 - 1995
"We'll see you in the sky!"
Gubelmann was born on November 17, 1950 in Providence, Rhode Island
to Vivian (Gubelmann) and William Hess. Raised primarily by his
mother and grandfather who taught him to be a free thinker creative,
Stephen was an explorer and philosopher, characteristics which
made him into someone who never stopped learning, examining, and
experiencing everything new that came his way.
Married to Victoria Battison in 1973, Stephen departed terra
firma on April 16, 1995, leaving his daughters Fiona and
Alex far too early in their young lives.
Stephen was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from
Admiral Farragut Academy, in New Jersey, in 1969. Fascinated with
philosophy, the outdoors, astronomy, computers, science fiction,
technology, and space exploration, he grabbed every opportunity
with great enthusiasm! As a teen, his love for the outdoors took
him to Ontario, Canada where he spent several summers at Camp
Wabun, paddling canoes and trekking through the beautiful, rugged
wilderness. He and Victoria enjoyed backpacking, and later he
introduced camping to their daughters and took great pleasure
and pride as Chief of their Indian Princess tribe in Carlsbad,
California. Stephen also loved fishing, snow skiing and going
out on his boat in the Southern California coastal waters.
At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stephen received his
pilot’s license that enabled him to enjoy his passion for
flying, leading to several years as a commercial pilot. In 1978,
he graduated from the University of Delaware and moved into the
computer science field as it was making its way into mainstream
life. His first computer set him on his way to becoming a computer
systems designer, working for General Dynamics among other companies,
and leading him to form his own companies, including Telemetrics,
US Pep (designers of a helmet worn by a 1992 U.S. Olympic Bronze
Medalist) and RadTek.
Stephen enjoyed stargazing, inviting friends to view the stars
or a lunar eclipse. He also enjoyed taking his telescope on camping
trips where he regaled family and friends with views of the stars.
Stephen lived, loved and was loved, and worked hard and contributed
to the improvement of society. He is survived by many people who
still care about him: Fiona, Alex, Victoria, Beverly, Braxton,
Hill, Nick, Billy, and many more relatives and friends.