Thomas Kubath


Thomas Kubath, 78, of Stevensville, MI passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at his home.

 A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Rd., Stevensville, with Pastor Jonathan Kruschel officiating. Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery. Friends may visit from 6 PM until 8PM, Monday, July 7, 2014 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Michigan Lutheran High School or Hospice at Home. Those wishing to share a memory of Thomas online may do so at

 Thomas Arthur Kubath was born in the Cleveland Avenue family farm home on April 26, 1936 to Arthur Emil Kubath and Ida (Roth) Kubath. He was baptized by Pastor William Essig of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Stevensville, Michigan.

 Tom started his education at South Lincoln grade school. After the family moved to a farm on Lincoln Avenue in 1946, Tom went to St. Paul’s Lutheran grade school. He was confirmed by Pastor Harold Zink on April 2, 1950. After graduation from St. Paul’s, Tom attended Stevensville High School, where he played baseball, basketball and track. He also sang in the choir, glee club, quartet, octet, and played coronet in the band.

 After graduating high school in 1954, Tom attended Benton Harbor Community College and Technical Institute (now LMC), majoring in pre-engineering courses, a prerequisite for becoming a pilot in the Air Force, Tom’s dream career. After college, Tom found that poor teeth would prevent him from going to Air Force cadet training. Tom began his career as a draftsman in the Engineering Department at Whirlpool, then took a position at Gast Mfg. Corp. in March, 1958, and continued to work in the engineering department until his retirement in 1999. For over four decades, Tom felt he worked for one of the best companies in the world with some of the best people.

 Tom was drafted into the U.S Army in August, 1959. After basic training at Ft. Lenard Wood, MO and Fort Sill, OK, Tom was stationed in Augsburg, Germany for 18 months, where he was able to do considerable traveling in Europe.

After an honorable active duty discharge in 1961, Tom returned to Lincoln Township and his parent’s farm until he married Marilyn Ann Zuppke in October, 1962. Their honeymoon was truncated by the Cuban Missile crisis, because, being in the Army Reserves, Tom had to remain near home. In 1964, Tom and Marilyn were able to travel to Germany for a three week vacation/honeymoon. Together they have two children, Tom Jr. and Katrina.

 Tom has been active in St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stevensville, holding offices of church recording secretary; treasurer for ten years; financial secretary; elder; and on several task forces for Michigan Lutheran High School. He also sang in the choir, worked on the financial counting committee and prepared coffee for Bible Class, with his wife Marilyn.

 Tom enjoyed sports, and has always been a Detroit Tigers fan. He played basketball, softball, golf, and bowled on Gast and Lutheran League teams. His favorite entertainment was attending the basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, and soccer games of his grandchildren, Elijah, Jonah and Julia.

 Tom was also active in the Stevensville High School Alumni Association, holding various offices, including President, and helping with the annual meetings. He also held office with the Gast Mfg. Credit Union while working.

 Tom spent much time on the family farm of his parents and now with his son Tom Jr. and his family. Farm life meant so much to Tom, knowing “Farming is Everybody’s bread and butter”.

 With the exception of the two years in the Army, Tom lived in Lincoln Township his entire life. After seeing much of the world, Tom always felt this is by far the best area in which to live. Thanks and glory be to God!

 Tom is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son Thomas (Michelle) Jr.; daughter Katrina (James) Lake; grand children, Elijah, Jonah and Julia Kubath; and step-grandson Maxwell Lake. He is also survived by a host of beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Ida, and a sister and brother-in-law Don and Virginia DeFord.


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