Former Larson Boats president and CEO Al Kuebelbeck died Jan. 16 after suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of cancer that affects the body’s ability to make platelets. He was 72.
Kuebelbeck retired in October after 42 years with 101-year-old Larson Boats. He had also served for a time at the helm of Crestliner Boats, another brand owned by the now-bankrupt Genmar Holdings, owned by Irwin Jacobs.
“He was totally loyal and passionate,” Jacobs said. “He was loyal to employees, to the brand, to the city [of Little Falls, Minn.], to me, to the vendors. Al wore it on his shirtsleeve — almost to a fault. Being so loyal to so many people, it’s hard to do sometimes.”