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James Kubicka, 93 - January 26, 2016

James “Jim” B. Kubicka, 93, of Santa Rosa, CA, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Santa Rosa with family members at his side.
Services were conduced on Feb. 6, at Eggen and Lance Chapel in Santa Rosa. A burial service took place at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Kubicka was born Nov. 10, 1922, at Havelock to John and Hermie (Rotter) Kubicka. He grew up in Plattsmouth and graduated from Plattsmouth High School where he was the salutatorian of his senior class.
He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and served with several Pacific Theater operations including Bougainville, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa and Tientsin, China. He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. He was proud of his service as a Marine and often spoke to school classes in the Windsor area about the history of World War II and his service experience.
After the war, he returned to Nebraska where he met Annabel. The were married at North Platte in 1950, and over the next two years, two sons were born.
In 1956, he and his wife moved to California where they settled at Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley.
The descendant of a Czech sausage maker, Kubicka spent his early career as a meat cutter and held other roles in the food industry. He served as a role model for his sons by living the values of integrity, respect and hard work, according to family members. He believed strongly in education and made sure that both his sons graduated from college.
?When his sons left home, he retired and moved to Windsor in Sonoma County, California. He sold real estate for a number of years and also made children’s furniture. His rocking horses have been used by generations of friends and family.
?Kubicka was active in numerous patriotic service organizations including the American Legion, the Marine Corps League and Forty & Eight, where he served as Chef de Gare. He also served as a bugler on many veterans’ funeral details.
He was devoted to his family, and when his wife became ill, he remained at her side and cared lovingly for her for several years, family said. The couple were married for 63 years until her passing in January of 2014.
Kubicka was preceded in death by: his wife, Annabel; two brothers—Ed and Jack.
Survivors include: his two sons—Jim (Nicole) of Poway and Bruce (Jackie) of Portola Valley; four grandchildren—Alexandre of Paris, France, Stephanie (Rob) of New York, NY, Anna and Andrew of Portola Valley; a great-grandson, Jack Inadomi, born to Stephanie and Rob on Jan. 23, 2016; his brother, Tony (Kay); his dearest friends of more than 30 years, Carolyn Boccucci and Martin Levy.