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SABERS, Edwin "Red"

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SABERS, Edwin "Red" (New Vienna, Oct. 10, 1920--Dubuque, IA, May 1, 2020) The son of Anton and Adelheid (Lies) Sabers, Ed graduated from Holy Ghost Elementary School and LORAS ACADEMY. He married Rosie Stieber on October 11, 1941 at Holy Ghost Church; they were married 51 years.

Red joined the U.S. Navy to fight in WORLD WAR II. Red was assigned to the “USS LIPAN”, a small 70 ft. tugboat and traveled to the Far East to fight the Japanese. His log said the top speed of the vessel was 7 miles per hour and their journey to Japan and back to the United States was over 19,000 miles.

Red was an exceptional athlete, participating in boxing, speed skating, golf, football, and fast pitch softball. He was a member of the DUBUQUE FAST PITCH HALL OF FAME. He was a renowned boxer and had numerous amateur victories on his way to becoming a Golden Gloves champion. Perhaps his biggest victory was when he was chosen to represent the United States as a welterweight (145 lbs) and fight the best fighters from Ireland. The fight was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in front of over 35, 000 fans. Red was victorious.

He worked at the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY, A.Y.MCDONALD MANUFACTURING COMPANY, and ZEPHYR ALUMINUM PRODUCTS INC.

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