Obit: Kobylarczyk, James E. “Kuby” (1945 - 2015)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Kobylarczyk, Lesniewski, Haas, Shepherd, Bielecki, Eichman, Chapman, Davis, Hiebl

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI) 5/20/2015

Kobylarczyk, James E. “Kuby” (3 May 1945 - 15 May 2015)

James E. “Kuby” Kobylarczyk, age 70, of Thorp, WI, passed away Friday morning, May 15, 2015, at Clark County Health Care Center, in Owen, WI, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church, in Thorp. Rev. Charles Hiebl officiated and burial followed in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery, in Thorp. Visitation was held at the church on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until time of services.

James was born May 3, 1945, to Tom and Helen (Lesniewski) Kobylarczyk. He was raised on a dairy farm and also worked at the hardware store in Thorp while growing up. He graduated from Thorp High School in 1963 and then attended Wausau Technical College for a Tool & Die degree.

James married Kathleen Marie Haas on October 4, 1969. They lived in Rockford, Illinois for a period of time before returning back to the Thorp area. They then eventually took over his family’s farm. James also worked for Mattes Livestock in Thorp in addition to farming. He later went on to sell the home farm and purchased another farm, where he farmed until 2001. Through the years of farming, James also worked at Badger Precision in Owen, and did custom baling with his son. After his days of farming, James went on to work for Thorp Equipment until his illness progressed.

James also was a man who believed in having a little fun with family and friends. He enjoyed horseshoes, bowling, softball at Lublin Days, going to 4-H functions, shaking dice, casino trips, and talking and reminiscing at the Thorp Dairy Bar, Silver Dollar and TP Inn. He enjoyed polka music, and you would often find him listening to it either on the radio or the old vinyl records, and also dancing to it at weddings at the Quonset. There weren’t too many dull moments when he was around!

James is dearly missed by Kathy Kobylarczyk of Thorp; three children: Michelle (Dave) Shepherd of Chippewa Falls, Kristy (Jim) Bielecki of Chippewa Falls, and Jeff (Stephanie) Kobylarczyk of Thorp; seven grandchildren: JT Eichman, Kordell Kobylarczyk, Miranda Bielecki, Jordan Chapman, Morgan Shepherd, Alex Chapman, and Lauren Shepherd; three siblings: Bob Kobylarczyk of Hudson, Catherine Davis of Kirkland, WA, and Mike (Ann) Kobylarczyk of New Brighton, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, father-in-law, grandparents, brother-on-law, and aunts and uncles.

Online condolences may be expressed at  Thorp Funeral Home handled funeral arrangements.



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