John C. Koubek, 70, of 2844 Route 16, Olean, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2022 at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Williamsville after a lengthy illness.
Born on September 17, 1951, in Cuba, he was the son of William C. and Loretta M. Stearns Koubek. On June 13, 1983, in Cuba, he married the former Annette M. Higby, who predeceased him on November 9, 2004.
Mr. Koubek was a graduate of Friendship Central School. A United States Army Veteran he served with the First Cavalry Division Airmobile from 1969 until 1971 as a rifleman. He saw action in both Vietnam and Cambodia. His combat awards include the Combat Infantrymanís Badge, The Bronze Star, and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters. He received other non-combat related awards and was the recipient of The Conspicuous Service Award from New York State for his military record.
He was employed for 22 years by the Exchange National Bank, the Bank of New York and Community Bank performing a variety of positions including branch manager and various loan officer functions. He also worked part time as a bartender for several area veteran organizations for many years dating back to 1975. He was last employed as a bartender for Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892.
John was a member of the Cuba VFW Post 2721, Shawn M. Clemens Memorial Am Vets Post 1 of Cuba, Disabled American Veterans Empire State Chapter 2, Charles Harbel Post 892, Elks Lodge 491 in Olean, and the I.O.O.B. Chapter in Franklinville.
John is Survived by 2 daughters, Pamela L. (Melvin Gonzalez) Koubek Cheektowaga and Michelle R. (Tim) Headley of Nampa, Idaho; his grandchildren, Jacob, Bailey, Aliana, Matthew, Michael and Nicholas; and a sister, Gail (Gary) OíRourke Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents and grandparents.
Friends may call at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc. 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 6-8 P.M. and on Friday, April 8, 2022 from 10-11:00 A.M. at which time funeral services will be held.
Burial with full military honors accorded by members of the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892 Ritual team will be in in Maple Grove Cemetery Friendship, New York.
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