The funeral service for Earl Kubista of Forman, formerly of Rutland, ND, was held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman.
Spring burial will be in the Brampton Cemetery of Brampton, ND. His arrangements have been entrusted to the Price Funeral Chapel of Forman.
Earl passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Four Seasons Healthcare Center at the age of 90.
Earl James Kubista was born on September 11, 1928, in Newark, SD, to John Wencel and Pearl Mae (Ashley) Kubista. As a toddler, he moved with his family to a farm in the Brampton area where he started school. In 1945, the family moved to a farm near Havana, ND, where Earl went to high school. After completing his education, Earl worked on the farm until entering military duty.
On October 26, 1951, Earl was inducted into the U. S. Army and took his training at Ft. Belvoir, VA, to be a combat engineer. He served with the 7th Infantry Division. During his tour of duty in the Korean War he saw action on Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, and Jane Russell Hill. Before his honorable discharge on Sept. 11, 1953, Earl had attained the rank of Sergeant. For his active duty service, Earl was awarded two Bronze Service Stars and a United Nations Service Medal.
On his return to the area, Earl again helped on the farm until taking a job with the Great Northern Railroad in October of 1957. He worked on the steel relay gang in ND, SD, and Montana. Later he worked on the sections in Claremont, SD, and Rutland, ND. On January 1, 1987, he retired from the railroad and made his home in Rutland.
In his retirement years, Earl was active in the Rutland Senior Citizens, doing everything from helping the cooks, counting heads and money, shoveling the sidewalks, and serving as vice-president and president. He also belonged to Anderson-Wertman Post #181 of the American Legion of Havana and was a life member of the VFW. In his spare time, Earl enjoyed working on puzzles and could be seen picking up cans and bottles on his walks around town.
In October of 1999, Earl moved to Forman, but he enjoyed going back to Rutland for his noon meal at the Senior Center and playing cards with his friends. The past few years, Earl has been a resident of Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman.
Surviving Earl are a number of nieces, nephews and their families.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters, Mildred Lehman, Drucilla Blomberg, and Marilyn Ehrich; and three brothers, Charles, Arden, and Wencel Kubista.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.pricefuneralchapel.net.
Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Colleen Sundquist, 8783 Highway 32, Forman, ND 58032.