Arland Peter “Pete” Koubek was born June 9, 1927, to Frank James Koubek and Katie Janesosfsky Koubek in Sargent. He departed this life June 6, 2011, in Cozad.
In his youth, the family moved to Arnold, where he worked in the family business, Koubek Lockers. He graduated from Arnold High School in 1946, and served his country during the Korean War.
He married Patricia Faherty Jan. 7, 1957, in Arnold at St. Agnes Catholic Church. As newlyweds they made their home in Kansas City, Mo., where he worked for Chemago Chemical Company and pursued a degree in chemistry. He graduated from the University of MIssouri at Kansas City in May 1963.
Arland and Patricia returned to Nebraska in the 1960s, and he continued to work for Koubek Lockers through the 1960s. He also farmed in Arnold and did custom haying for farmers and ranchers in and around the area.
He was a mountain climber and ski instructor in Colorado for many years. he excelled at skiing and enjoyed being active, especially being outdoors.
Arland was a proud patriot and instilled his patriotism and love of his country in his children. He was an active member of the American Legion and was recently honored as a 6-year member.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Koubek, in 1974; infant son, Michael Patrick Koubek in 1962; granddaughter, Megan Elizabeth Koubek in 1999; his parents, Frank and Katie Koubek; and siblings, Raymond, Alvin, Robert, Barbara and John.
Arland is survived by his sons, Peter (Tonie) Koubek of Arnold, Kim (Katya) Koubek of Iowa, Steve (Yvonne) Koubek of Alabama; daughter, Cathy (Mark) Rothmeyer of Arkansas; grandchildren Amanda (Patrick) Keller, Erin Koubek, all of Colorado, Dustin and Katie Koubek and Cade Ogburn of Gothenburg, Anna Maria and Alexander Koubek of Iowa, Drew, Rachel and Jessica Koubek of Alabama, Matthew, Michael and Patricia Rothmeyer of Arkansas.
Mass of Christian Burial was June 10 at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Hubert Spanel presiding. Interment with military honors were at the Arnold Cemetery with Arnold Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Post 130.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 16, 2011.