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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Death in Tour de Donut family

I was sad to hear today from fellow Tour de Donut co-founder Joe Booth that Lance Jubelt, the owner of Mount Olive, Ill.-based Jubelt Bakery, died Monday.

For the vast majority of the 19 years of the Tour de Donut, including all but one year that the event has been held in Staunton, Ill., Jubelt Bakery has provided the glazed doughnuts consumed during the race.

"As you may or may not know, Lance was a faithful supporter of the Tour de Donut over the years when I served as Mid-America Bicycle Club president and TDD race director," Joe said. "By that I mean, when we asked for 40-70-dozen donuts (ever increasing) for our event, he always responded positively."

The Boeing Employee's Bicycle Club took over the ride in 1998 after the Mid-America Bicycle Club folded, and it has maintained the relationship with Jubelt's Bakery.

In a 2002 article in American Profile magazine about the Tour de Donut, Lance told reporter Kimbre Chapman: “We donated all the doughnuts the first year. Later it got too big, and we switched to donating half this year—160 dozen doughnuts.”

Lance doesn't appear in the documentary film "Tour de Donut: Gluttons for Punishment," but his hard-working bakers do.

A brief obituary appears today in The (Alton) Telegraph, and visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Mount Olive. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Mount Olive.


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Roger 1 comments links to this post 11:02 AM

Wow, your friend died young. Sorry about the loss.
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