November 16, 2020

John Louis Kuebler

February 24, 1949- November 14, 2020

John Louis Kuebler passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020.

He was 71 years young.  Born February 24, 1949 in Lincoln NE. Son of Fred and Georgia Kuebler. He spent 48 years with his loving wife Gloria Jean Kuebler.

John had a deep love for his dogs.  He was a proud member of the Teamsters Local Union 554. 
He graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1967.  He was an amateur boxer from 1965 through 1970.  John dedicated his life to coaching both amateur and professional boxing.  He was inducted to the Great Plains Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012 and received coach of the year in 2017.  John was not only a coach but a mentor, father and friend.  He will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his wife Gloria; daughter Laura; son-in-law Jerry.  Grandchildren; DJ, Ebony and Lexi Van Amerongen; his four dogs; niece; cousins; special friends; and his boxing family.

Visitation:  Thursday, Nov. 19, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home. Graveside: Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery. Memorials to the family for further designation.

When attending services please abide by local and CDC covid-19 guidelines.


  1. To all of John’s family, you have my heartfelt condolences. He was a wonderful friend to Denny and I. I cherish the memories.

  2. So sorry for the Loss of a Son, Husband, Father and a Friend to many…

    • I am so shocked and so saddened by passing of a good friend. I’ll always remember our times having coffee and great conversations. You were, and always will be, a great friend and human being. We lost a great treasure and the world won’t be the same without you!

  3. A very blessed man who was always their to help anyone in need RIP my friend.

    • So very sad to hear of the loss of your husband, father and father-in-law, along with being a grandfather to your 3 grandkids. All will miss you. Rest in peace.

  4. My deepest condolences and prayers 🙏 to the Kuebler family

  5. We were so sorry to hear about John. He was a wonderful friend and wonderful person all around. Prayers and thoughts to his wife and family 🙏🏻

  6. From my perspective as a promoter, Coach Kueb was like the Tom Osborne of boxing. He dedicated his life to mentoring youth. He believed in second chances. He valued integrity and hard work. He saw good and potential in everyone.

    I wandered into Southside Gym one day as a complete stranger and told him I wanted to promote boxing. He gave me over an hour of his time the first time I ever met him, teaching me some local boxing history and helping me get started promoting. I can’t think of many times I’ve given a stranger anywhere close to an hour of my free time, but that’s the kind of guy he was.

    Great boxing coach, great person, and a truly great member of the community. He will be missed by many.


  8. Rest In Peace my good friend. We were alter boys as kids at the Annunciation Church in Lincoln. And grew up together in Greek families. I will miss you my good friend. May your memory be eternal.

    • I’m devastated, and saddened to learn of this. John was as gentle as he was a warrior. John made a profound impact on my life. I’m certain that I am not alone in my story. I’m certain that John left deep traces on so many other lives. I promise to celebrate your memory, and share them with others you’ve helped to mold.

  9. Thank you John for being such a wonderful and loving foster dad to so many rescue dogs. You will be greatly missed.
    My deepest sympathies to Gloria and Laura. Sending hugs and love.

  10. I worked with Big John at P I E and later at ABF back in the 90’s. I liked the guy from day one and so did all of our customers. After he retired, I would bump into John at the Highlands Golf Course playing in the El Matador golf league . We would always chat it up at the clubhouse and I always took two things away from our conversations. John was forever working on his golf swing and he was always loving life !

    My sympathies to Gloria and family.

  11. Gloria, so sorry for your loss. John was a great person. Have your happy memories to hang on too.

  12. My deepest condolences to the Kuebler family.

    • Journey well coach. Will miss talking to you at least 2 times a day. Thank you for taking Alex an our family as your own. Our family’s hearts are totally shattered. We will cherish the time spent with you. ALEX SAID HE WONT STOP HERE. HE WILL DO AS YOU TAUGHT HIM. AND CONTINUE BOXING. . LOVE YA MUCH N WILL MISS YOU FOR EVER. Prayers for Gloria and your family.

  13. My heartfelt condolences to John family and friends. John and I spent a lot of time as kids In Havelock. Just hanging out and playing baseball. We become good friends on Facebook. I will miss him. R.I.P. John

  14. We little knew that day,
    God was going to call your name.
    I life we all admired you,
    in death we do the same.

    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    you did not go alone.
    For part of us went with you,
    the day God called you home.

    You left us wonderful memories,
    your strength is still our guide.
    And though we cannot see you,
    you are always by our side.

    Our friendship chain is broken,
    and nothing seems the same.
    But as God calls us one by one,
    the chain will link again.

    My deepest sympathies to John’s family and friends. I met John in Havelock at about 14…wild times those days! Then reconnected about 2 yrs ago with John, Chuck S, Lee K, Paul Z, and Dick W at Scooters downtown for coffee and tall tales. Good times…The best of times!

  15. We are so sorry for loss Gloria . You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers . Jake and Carletta

  16. My deepest sympathy for John’s family. May you find comfort in the loving memories you will always have. Pat state farm

  17. Sorry to the family for your loss. Deepest sympathy for your loss. He was a great guy, Loved playing cards and his family and of course his dogs too. Rest in peace John.

  18. Our hearts go out to Gloria, Laura, Jerry and the grandchildren. You will be missed my friend!!

  19. R.I.P. Kube ! I’m so going to miss your smile and our chats at the fights about our family,our Family been friends for many years . You are truly going to be missed! I’m so sorry for your loss Gloria and Laura and your Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers !

  20. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. If life is measured by how many have been touched by another, the tape measure isn’t long enough for John’s life. I met him so many years ago when I would be at the Schuldeis/Kuebler family gatherings and as time went on, it amazed me that he knew so many people who called John their friend.

    As a kid, my husband Randy idolized John and was so happy to say they were family. There are so many stories…

    He will be missed by many.

  21. Just heard about John. He was always so nice to visit with. Really great guy. May peace be with you and your family.


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