Danny Ray Kucharek, age 66 of Gaylord, Michigan, while at home surrounded by family and loved ones, went to be with the Lord on this day, March 5, 2019.
He was born July 12, 1952 in Warren, Ohio, the second oldest of 8 children. He moved to Gaylord in 1953 and graduated from Gaylord High School. He married Donna Moore in 1970 and had 1 son and 2 daughters.
Danny was a self-employed welder, who worked in the oil field, and was a millwright at Georgia-Pacific in Gaylord. He was an Eagle member. He loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter, loved camping but most of all, his passion was fishing. He found peace and serenity on the water. He loved country music, cooking and having fish fries with family. He always helped others and made family gatherings happen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Kucharek; mother, Lois Butka; stepfather Robert Butka; granddaughter, Mercedes Prelop, and daughter in law Carla VanDeKerchove.
Danny is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna Kucharek; his children, Rich VanDeKerchove, Danielle Kucharek, Bobbie Jo Kucharek and Daisy (the family dog); siblings, Tony (Jane) Kucharek, Tonya Wardlow, Pam Walls, Ted (Kathy) Kucharek Jr., Angela (John) Mackie, Michelle (Jim) Grove, Jackie (Nick) Hathaway; grandkids, Nick (Hayley) VanDeKerchove, Hunter VanDeKerchove, Luke (Renee) VanDeKerchove and Emilee Mager; great-grandkids on the way; sister in law, Maureen (Rich) Radcliffe; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
There will be a memorial dinner to celebrate his life at the Gaylord Eagles Hall, 515 S. Wisconsin Ave., at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.