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 1948 around the corner to 2715 Berry where they stayed for 15 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 70 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!
Head Jeweler, Sales.
Watch Repair and Sales.
Member of the American Watch Institute (AWI).
Certified Watchmaker 21.
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).
Jeweler, Watch Appraiser, Sales.
Sales, Custom Design Specialist, and Appraiser.
Graduate Gemologist (GIA-2021)
Sales, Buyer, and Photography.
Graduate Gemologist (GIA-2002). Accredited Jewelry Professional,
Member of the North Texas Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association.
Sales, Data Processing.
Retired (2nd generation)
Deeply committed and passionate about our family, Rick's great love for our store and the customer, helped solidify our legacy for future generations. We appreciate all he contributed to help our parents dream continue. Rick currently gives to the community as he volunteers to several organizations.
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.
Our dear, sweet Yvonne is enjoying well-deserved retirement. Her loyalty, kindness and dedication added greatly to the business. She is staying very busy and getting to do some traveling. Occasionally you may just catch her here helping us out, because she's still a great asset!
After 40 years of dedication, service and professionalism, Teresa is enjoying her well deserved retirement spending time with her grand-children. She added so much to the growth and success of the business, and we appreciate all her years of hard work.
Serving with passion, devotion, and loyalty for 46 years, Tony's hard work further enriched our family legacy. He provided our customers with great care and professionalism. We are truly grateful for his valuable contribution. Tony's love of the jewelry industry has now transcended to helping people with their estates.
The last of the 2nd generation to retire, Kathy is now enjoying retirement with her grandchildren. Her energy, amazing work ethic, and love and commitment to the store for over 45 years has helped pave the way for the 3rd generation to carry on the Legacy they have built.