in front of Quonset hut he and the othe rmen shared with
Photo Courtesy of R. Vogenitz, LG,
Henry Francis Kuebelbeck was born October 31, 1924 in Kansas City,
MO to Mary Louise and Henry Kuebelbeck. Henry grew up in Vallejo,
CA and graduated from St. Vincent’s High School.
to WWII Enlistment Records, Henry enlisted April 12, 1943 in San
flew 28 combat missions as Tail Gunner on Crew 23.
January 10, 1945, he married Verna Lucy Rupp. They have 2 daughters
Judi and Janet; 4 grand children and 4 great grandchildren.
the war, Henry and his family lived in Vallejo, CA. where he worked
as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service.
1959, he became a Postal Inspector and in 1960 Henry and his family
moved to Las Cruces, NM and then to Roswell, NM.
retired from the Postal Inspection Service in 1989 in Salt Lake
City, UT. where he and Verna lived for several years. After the
sudden death of Verna in 1981, Henry eventually moved to Carlsbad,
CA. where he enjoyed many peaceful years with his friends and
dear companion Mary Ester Weil.
February 2000, Henry moved to Albuquerque, NM. to live with his
daughter, Judi and his son in-law Richard. During this time he
was able to share in the births and early lives of his four great
grandchildren who spent much time with him and gave him a great
deal of joy.
loved to travel – he visited many places with Verna and
continued his travels with Mary Esther.
was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of the Knights of
Columbus. He continued to make contributions to his alma mater
St. Vincent’s/St, Patrick’s School and also supported
several other charities throughout his life.