Biographies

Joseph Edward Kubes, Sr.  & Rita M. Kubes

1923 - 2005                                         1927 - 2016

Our Incredible Parents and Founders -

Originally from Northfield, Minn., Joseph was honorably discharged after WWII from the U.S. Marines in 1945 as a 22-year-old Technical Sergeant at Eagle Mountain Marine Base, Texas. He and his new bride, Rita, loved the Sunbelt climate and growth potential and decided to establish a watch repair service in downtown Fort Worth. In a brief period of time, they made several moves; across from TWC in Poly, across from TCU on University Dr. and then in 1950 around the corner to 2715 Berry where they stayed for 13 years. In 1963 they moved across the street to 2700 W. Berry where they reside to this day. We have been on the same block for over 65 years. Besides being an accomplished watch repairman and jeweler, Joseph became one of the first nine Certified Gemologists in Texas in 1955, and the only one in Fort Worth.

Originally from St. Paul, Minn., Rita came from a business background and encouraged her new husband, Joseph, to go into business for themselves. Being the artist of the two, she was responsible for the promotions, displays, designing, sales, and inventory. Along with expanding the business, their family also increased to include eight children, 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.  Because of the number of offspring, Joe and Rita were able to implement a very rare feat – to have a store that was staffed and operated exclusively by the family members for quality control and continuity purposes. This "passing of the baton" from one generation to the next is what allows Kubes Jewelers to maintain an exceptionally high level of integrity, expertise, dependability, consistency, and progressive sophistication.

They both will be fondly remembered and dearly missed!

 

 

Family Employees

2ND GENERATION:

Tony

Manager.   Appraiser, Buyer, Watch and Trade-In Specialist, Jeweler, Sales and Inventory Management.

Graduate Gemologist (GIA-1980).   Past Officer of the North Texas Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association.


Kathy

Accounting, Auditing, Payroll and Benefits, Inventory Management, Sales, and Buyer.

Teresa

Inventory/Data Processing.  Sales.


3RD GENERATION:

Paul

Head Jeweler, Sales.

Joe Don

Watch Repair and Sales.

Member of the American Watch Institute (AWI). 
Certified Watchmaker 21.

Brent

Appraiser, Jeweler, Sales, and Buyer.

Graduate Gemologist (GIA-2002), Accredited Jewelry Professional, Member of the North Texas Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association, Texas State University Graduate (Bachelor of Science).

Chris

Sales, Custom Design Specialist, and Appraiser.

Graduate Diamonds (GIA-2007).
Bachelor of Science in Economics from Texas A&M University.

Casey

Jeweler, Watch Appraiser, Sales.

Katie

Sales, Custom Design Specialist, and Appraiser.

Graduate Diamonds (GIA-2010)

Miranda

Sales, Buyer, and Photography.

Graduate Gemologist (GIA-2002). Accredited Jewelry Professional,
Member of the North Texas Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association.

Christy

Sales.

 

4TH GENERATION:

Brittany

Sales, Data Processing.

 

Retired (2nd generation)

RICK
After the business was passed down from our parents, Rick, with his business acumen, was instrumental in furthering the structure of our family business.  He created and developed internal policies, some of which we still use today.  With great commitment, passion and deep love for our parents' dream, he helped continue their legacy for future generations.  We know our parents our extremely proud of all he has done.  Rick continues to give of himself as he volunteers in the community.

JULIA
Dedicated, hard working, passionate, and loyal since childhood.  With her great love for this business, for nearly five decades Julia faithfully served our customers, many of whom she developed lasting friendships with.  We truly hope her new journey in retirement is rewarding and that she enjoys every minute of it.

YVONNE
Our dear, sweet Yvonne is enjoying well-deserved retirement.  She is staying very busy and getting to do some traveling.  Occasionally you may just catch her here helping us out.