George J. Kubat

George J. Kubat

October 8, 1945 – April 12, 2021

 VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Sunday, April 18th from 2pm to 5pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm at the West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, April 19th at 10:30am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge Street.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Nebraska Game and Parks or a charity of your choice.

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It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of George Kubat. George passed away peacefully yesterday with his 4 children at his side. 

George purchased Phillips Manufacturing in 1992 when it had only 2 small locations in Omaha and was mainly a metal bead and trim manufacturer. Since that time, George led the growth of the company into an organization that has 4 factories as well as 4 redistribution sites across the country.  The Phillips product line has also grown significantly, adding multiple new product lines starting with the vinyl Grip Stik products.  After the Grip Stik line was added, the Phillips Kwik Stik paper bead line was added next and then several other product lines after that with the most recent new product category in our roofing line. 

George was a skilled leader and excellent at seeing what was coming next. George was able to lead us through many difficult times and his expertise in accounting and finance management helped Phillips make it through those challenging times, coming out a stronger company. 

George’s main focus at Phillips Manufacturing was the employees.  He loved working with all the employees, from the office staff to plant employees.  He spent much of his time traveling to the different facilities across the country, working with and interacting with the employees so that we could continue our growth and success in the marketplace.  As many of you know, George enjoyed talking with employees on a personal level as well.  Whether it was just small talk, or a more personal situation, George would spend time with any employee trying to help them any way he could. 

George leaves a legacy at Phillips of growth, success and love.  George built the business to have a family atmosphere and he wants that atmosphere to continue.  We will continue to work to carry on his legacy.  We all know how important Phillips was to him.  He wanted everyone to know that he was grateful to have the opportunity to work with all of you for almost 30 years. 

“George” (as he often referred to himself in the third person) will be tremendously missed by all of us.





  • Richard Schenck Posted April 14, 2021 3:48 pm

    George hired me at Center Bank in 1968 as a teller and I retired from Wells Fargo 45 years later. My sincere condolences to his family and I offer my prayers for a man I have always respected

  • nicholas gagliano Posted April 14, 2021 6:38 pm

    I had the absolute pleasure of being George’s neighbor for many years in Arizona. Nothing like walking onto my patio, looking right & seeing my buddy with a glass in his hand …I will miss our talks over the flowerbed . I’m happy you got to catch a Cubs game a few weeks ago ….miss ya already buddy.

  • John and Marci Jessie Posted April 15, 2021 2:29 pm

    My condolences to the Kubat family. George will be truly missed.

  • April Eaves Posted April 16, 2021 7:57 am

    I have not know George J Kubat For a very long time. I supported and helped him in the passing of his lovely wife Judy Kubat in 2007. He supported and helped me in the passing of my husband in 2010. He was a very special person and a dear friend. While working for him I could not call him George. But He would not allow me to call him Mr. Kubat so we decided on Mr.G. This world has lost a very kind and loving gift. Mr.G you will be missed.

  • Griff Surowka Posted April 16, 2021 11:04 am

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family and loved ones. I had the honor early in my career of working with George at Coopers & Lybrand from 1985 to 1992. I very much looked up to George and considered him a mentor. His guidance and leadership has strongly benefitted me throughout my career.

  • Hague E Howey Posted April 16, 2021 1:04 pm

    I got acquainted with George while Director of Finance at the Richman Gordman Stores when he was the supervising Partner for Coopers. Shortly after he acquired Philips Manufacturing and left Coopers. A few years later after starting a General Contracting Business, He and Judy hired our company to do a Major addition and general rehab of the home electrical system which was very challenging. They were super people to work with and very easy to introduce new ideas and win approval to implement. So good were they that going the extra mile was easy. A case in point was, the geological searching for stone to match there perimeter fence finally found in only one place in Nebraska,..Louisville. The quarry had log past closed and finding the owner to get permission to scavenger scattered stone was an adventure. Both George and Judy were wonderful people and I counted them both as clients and good friends.

  • Garry Gernandt Posted April 16, 2021 5:15 pm

    Met George over 20 years ago, from the time I shook his hand I knew he was a stand up guy. Looked for solutions not blame; gave a helping hand or just plain listened to someone needing to vent was the George I knew and will remember. He’s left his earthly post to be with his heavenly host; til we meet again Sir, bye for now.

  • Pat Pennington Posted April 17, 2021 3:23 pm

    In 1965, 66, and 67 I was a teller At the Center Bank. That is where I knew George. During our youth he was such a nice man. Always thoughtful and kind as we changed shifts. My condolences to the family. I am sorry for your loss. Most sincerely. Pat Pennington

  • Bee Connor Posted April 18, 2021 2:05 pm

    I was lucky enough to be friends with George’s oldest daughter Chris. George and Judy welcomed me on multiple ski trips and boat trips on the lake at Ginger Cove. He always made me feel like i was one of his kids, even inviting me to family pictures one Christmas. A great man who will be missed.

  • Fred Tolson Posted April 19, 2021 9:19 am

    may George rest in peace, my prayers are with the Kubat family

  • Jeff Nosek Posted April 19, 2021 10:42 am

    I was lucky enough to have spent some time with George a few summers back, along with a Xmas dinner fairly recently. I always enjoyed our time together. Sometimes you don’t really know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. I know my dad loved him like a brother. To the kids, Sherri and I are sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all during this time.

  • Amber Spinello Posted April 19, 2021 10:48 am

    I’ve known George my entire life… He will be greatly missed. He was a calming voice, a fun time, a tremendous friend to my father. He always did the right thing. I will miss our time with him and wish his family peace in this hard time.

  • Jennifer Cyr Posted April 20, 2021 1:36 pm

    Our family were neighbors with the Kubats for many years. The girls babysat my young children. I grieved with George when his beloved wife Judy passed. I am praying for George’s family at this difficult time.

  • Chad Ellington Posted May 2, 2021 9:13 am

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Kubat family for this tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

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