James Kubasch, 84

James E. Kubasch, 84, of New Germany, MN, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, MN.

A funeral service will take place Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church (17725 53rd St.) in New Germany, with Rev. Dean Mahlum as officiant.

Visitation will take place Friday, April 28, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Saturday, all at the church. Interment in the church cemetery.

James Edmund Kubasch was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Hollywood, MN, the son of Edmund A. and Erma L. (Hoeft) Kubasch.

He was baptized and later confirmed in the faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Germany. He attended St. John’s Parochial School.

James was united in marriage to the love of his life, Arla Mae Willard, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Feb. 27, 1960.

Faith, family, and community were guideposts for James.  He was born and raised on the Century Family Farm. He farmed his entire life and was a loving and wonderful provider. 

James was blessed to raise three sons, and later was fortunate to welcome three daughters-in-law. His grandchildren were the highlight of his life, and he delighted in attending their sporting activities and school events.

James was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church, and he proudly served on the church council.

In his free time, James enjoyed time in the outdoors, fishing and camping in Alexandria, MN, and Spicer, MN. He loved to meet new friends, visiting wherever he went. 

James took every opportunity to spend time with dear friends, whether it was playing cards or casino trips.  He could often be found at V’s for lunch, trapshooting and playing cards at the gun club, and heading to the Legion to play pull tabs. 

James was preceded in death by his wife, Arla; parents, Edmund and Erma Kubasch; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Margaret Willard; sister, Gail Bakeberg; sister-in-law, Shirely (Velmer) Thiesse; and brothers-in-law, Jim Willard and Dennis Willard.

James is survived by his loving family: children, Gary (Lori) Kubasch of New Germany, Travis (Lisa) Kubasch of Lester Prairie, MN, Jason (Marlene) Kubasch of Kandiyohi; grandchildren Nick and Alissa Kubasch, Chad and Tiffany Kubasch, Sawyer Kubasch, Jordyn Kubasch; great-grandchildren Collins Kubasch, Marissa Kubasch, baby K due in May; brother Rollin and Carol Kubasch of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law Audrey Willard of LaCrescent, Belva Willard of Brainerd; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Casket bearers are Nick Kubasch, Chad Kubasch, Sawyer Kubasch, Jordyn Kubasch, Randy Hoffman, Ryan Jopp, Brett Richter, and Gail Schuette.

Honorary casket bearers are Collins Kubasch, Marissa Kubasch, Alissa Kubasch, and Tiffany Kubasch.

Arrangments are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121,  www.johnsonfh.com.

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