Funeral services for Ilene H. Kubo were held on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, Nebraska, with Dr. Russ Seger officiating. Burial will follow at Hay Springs City Cemetery in Hay Springs, Nebraska. A visitation was held on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 5-8 p.m. at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, Nebraska.
Ilene was born on March 22, 1932, to Charles A. and Wanda A. (Myers) Preble.
Ilene graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1950.
Ilene married Kenneth Kubo Sr. on November 25, 1949. To this union five children were born, Kaylene, Kenneth Jr., Stephen, Kevin, and Kim.
The family moved from the Beaver Valley area north of Hay Springs in 1954, and have called Chadron home since that time.
Ilene became employed in the Head Start program in 1967 as a cook, and then spent the next 36 years as a cook and then as the Nutrition Coordinator to many young children. She was affectionately known as “Cooker,” and was loved for the birthday cakes she made for the kids.
The family became members Community of Christ Church in the 1950’s, and Ilene became active in the Church in various Priesthood positions, women’s leader, minister, and her last office was as an Elder.
Kenneth Sr. died on August 4, 2002. Son Kim passed in a car accident on February 15, 2010, and son Kenneth Jr. died on May 14, 2017.
Ilene is survived by her children Kaylene (Benny) Martin, Stephen, Kevin, daughter-in-law Dana, sister Jennie Wasserburger, brother Charles Preble, brother-in-law Gary, sister-in-law Bev, 11 grandchildren- Michelle (Corby), Stefani (Charith), Kevin M (Nadina), Amy (Ryan), Heidi (James), Malissa, Kayla (Andrew), Amanda (Keith), Marie, Drew, and Serena (Colton). 12 great-grandchildren- Travis (Kristina), Wade, Jenny, Jasmine, Hailey, Kyra, Magan, Talan, Noah, Mariah, Adrian, and Melanie. One great-great grandson, Brecken, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Also preceding her in death besides her husband and two sons are her parents, infant brother Carlyle, brother Dennis, sister Raylene Drabbles, daughter-in-law Barbara and sister-in-law Jane Preble.