ASHEVILLE-Henry H. Kubik Jr., 95, died Feb. 11, 2013, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville.
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A resident of Black Mountain, Mr. Kubik was born on March 27, 1917, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Henry Howard Kubik and Eva Thompson Kubik.
He attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., and Harvard Law School. He studied, taught, and performed cello and was a member of the Kubik Ensemble and various other performance groups. He served as a Naval Aviator and Flight Instructor during World War II and worked for Piper Aircraft before and after the war. Later, he began a more than 50 year long career in financial planning and was one of the earliest recipients of the Certified Financial Planner Certification.
While residing in Orlando, Fla., Mr. Kubik played a crucial role in the formation of Loch Haven Park as a major cultural center. He was also a founder of the Central Florida Museum and Planetarium which is now the Orlando Science Center. He was a 52 year member of Kiwanis International and served as president while residing in West Hartford, Conn. He was also a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain.
Mr. Kubik was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Josephine G. Kubik; and brothers, Howard Franklin Kubik and Gail Thompson Kubik.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen G. Buchan of Orlando; daughter, Judith K. Padgett and husband Steve Padgett of Casar; and grandchildren, Michael A. Rizzo of Orlando, Iris L. Padgett of Redwood City, Calif., and Holly A. Padgett of Washington, D.C.
Visitation: The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall.
Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain
Funeral Home: Wilson Family Funeral Service is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to St. James Episcopal Church or Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain.
Online Condolences: www.wilsonfamilyfuneralservice.com
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 22, 2013