Thomas Anthony “Tom” Kubat, age 58, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017, at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. A memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December 15, 2017, at David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a time of gathering an hour prior. His ashes will be buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in the spring.
Tom was born on February 4, 1959, to Harold and Margaret (Vanek) Kubat in Grand Forks, ND. He grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1977. He then attended the Alexandria Technical and Vocational College for aviation electronics repair. Tom worked as the manager for the Arrowwood Hotel’s lounge and as the manager for the lounge at The Warf. He went on to work on the oil rigs in Wyoming. Tom moved to California in 1980 and worked for seven years in telecommunications. He then worked in the U.S. Forestry Service in Arkansas. After returning to Detroit Lakes, he most recently worked for Sears, Menards, and at Dynamic Homes. Tom was married to Susan Nelson on August 31, 1997, and the couple recently celebrated 20 years of marriage.
As a kid, he was very good on the trampoline, and spent a lot of time at the Boy’s Club. Tom also loved spending time at the lake, water skiing or fishing with his brother. He also loved the company of his Border Collies.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Kubat; his twin brother, Tim (Joanie) Kubat of Detroit Lakes, a brother, Gary (Nancy) Kubat of Madison, WI; two sisters, Kay Schiller of Detroit Lakes, and Laurie (Sid) Olson of Detroit Lakes; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and his dog, Crystal.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margaret; a nephew, Christopher Kubat; a brother-in-law, Steve Schiller; and a father-in-law, Loren Nelson.