† Allen R. Skip Kubeldis

Skip Kubledis and son Kyle
Skip Kubledis and son Kyle at the 2018 Reunion.

Allen R. "Skip" Kubeldis of Derry (by way of Penn Township and Punxsutawney) died on the evening of Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the age of 78. He was born in Braddock on July 30, 1942 to parents Ullin and Estelle (Nee Rettger) Kubeldis. He graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School, Class of 1960, before joining the Army Reserves, and later graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.S./Education) 1971.

He was preceeded in death by wife of 35 years Vicky (2013), and brothers Dave of Seattle Washington (2004) and Bob of Freeport PA (2018). He is survived by son Kyle of Derry and a daughter Kacy or Erie. He is also survived by sister Jeannette (Pat) McMahon of Penn Township and Brother Del (Sue) Kubeldis of Plum.

No service to be held. Donations can be made to Humane Animal Rescue - (Humaneanimalrescue.org.)

According to a note from Pat Newcome his death was quite sudden - he collapsed on the stairs and died shortly afterwards. Pat added: I wanted to let you know. He LOVED coming up to the monthly get-togethers you all had, and felt very upset and down when he could not make it. Thank you for filling some of his happiest days and the ones he looked forward to so badly in his last few years. They were some of his best medicine.

I heard that when Skip was told that Terry Gumbert had entered hospice, he began to sob. But life is uncertain. Skip died on February 24, 2021, and Terry died on February 26, 2021, two days later. My sole comfort from this is that the two buddies from PAHS 60 are now at peace togther.