Milo F. "Mike" Kubesh

Milo F. "Mike" Kubesh, age 85 of Olivia, Minn., and formerly of Winsted, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at the Olivia Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be today, May 8, 2 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Bird Island, with the Rev. T. Lance Holthusen officiating. Burial is in Bird Island City Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, May 7, 5 to 8 p.m., at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home, Bird Island, and continues at the church for one hour prior to the services today.

Milo was born May 31, 1914, at Olivia, to Frank and Agnes (Svoboda) Kubesch. He was baptized, confirmed, and attended school in Olivia.

Milo served in the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s, the National Guard out of Olivia, and the U. S. Army.

He attended Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, taking courses in electricity.

On April 3, 1945, Milo was united in marriage to Mary Ann Mattson at Our Savior's parsonage, Bird Island, by the Rev. I. B. Sorenson.

Later in April, 1945, Milo began employment with Northern States Power Company on the line crew out of Montevideo, later at Gaylord, then in 1946, at Winsted; working for NSP for a total of 31 years, and retiring in 1976.

Milo and Mary Ann were residents of Winsted for 49 years, and Olivia the past two years.

While living in Winsted, Milo was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, serving two terms as treasurer. He was a Boy Scout leader, member of the Winsted Sportsmen Club, bowling teams, and the city council. He was also a member of the volunteer fire department for 20 years, and the American Legion for 52 years.

Milo was named NSP Citizen of the Year, Minnetonka Division, in 1971.

He enjoyed gardening, raising potatoes (for potato dumplings), growing poppy seed for kolaches, and growing and processing horseradish. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, traveling, reading, and motor coach tours. His favorite winter sport was blowing snow with his John Deere.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Ann; his sister, Irene Ziesmer; brother-in-law, Lee (and Doris) Mattson, all of Olivia; sister-in-law, Mary Kubesh of Texas; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Milo was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edwin, and a sister, Elsie, both in infancy; his sisters, Marion Kubesch, Martha Ulrickson, and Tillie Pederson; and his brother, Benjamin Kubesh.

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