Robert W. Kucharek, Sr.

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Robert Walter Kucharek, Sr., passed away at home with family on June 5, 2023, at the age of 84.

Robert Sr. was born on January 20, 1939, in Detroit, MI to John and Mary (Skrowronski) Kucharek. He was a beloved husband, brother, dad, Jaja, great-grandpa, family man, and a friend to many. He married his beloved wife Mary L. Jankowski on April 29, 1961.

He had a love for the outdoors, hunting, and camping. Also, had a passion for mechanical work, polka music, Polish food, helping others, and tractor restoration. He was an awesome “Tractor Doctor” to many.

Robert was a member of St. Augustine Church & long-time member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Church.

He is survived by his children, Robert Jr. (Ruth) Kucharek of Elmira, Joanne (Randy) Kucharek of Elmira, and Theresa (Joe) Barraw of Gaylord. He is also survived by a dear lady friend, Mary Green; her son, Donald (Chris) of Petoskey; and her daughter, Janice (Ken) of Naubinway; and his brothers, John (Chantal) of Roseville, Dick (Marcia) of Warren, and Ed (Carol) of Warren. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Mary Kucharek; daughter, Nancy of Lansing; siblings, Walter (Henrietta), John (Francis) Nelpa, Bob (Louise) Moore, Angeline (Mike) Nowak, Tony, Ted (Lois), Theresa, Rev Fr Casmir, and Robert’s twin brother, Donnie; grandsons Joseph Barraw Jr, and Kevin Dunham Sr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Thomas Church in Elmira. Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Thursday, June 8, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary being offered at the funeral home at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, June 9, 2023, at St. Thomas Church in Elmira from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Center.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

7 comments on “Robert W. Kucharek, Sr.”

  1. mike obrigewitsch

    Goodbye to a special man and a great friend. Robert didn’t just keep the mechanical part of St. Thomas Aquinas Church running but he also was a big part of the religious community. Robert tolled the bell at most funerals for 35 years and Friday we will be tolling it for him. You are missed already but I know I will remember you every time I visit the cemetery. It is the special place that it is because of your dedication and love.

  2. Dear Robert, Ruth and family,
    My heart is saddened to hear of my sweet friend, Robert’s passing. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know you all. He always made me smile and I looked forward to seeing him. May you all find peace and healing during this difficult time.

  3. We were all so saddened to hear that Bob passed. We have so many good memories from when we were kids coming over to your house. We all know the hurt you all are going through and hope knowing that family and friends are thinking of you all and praying for you will help ease the pain. Know that he is in heaven with your Mom and Nancy and not hurting anymore. We Love you guys!
    Marlene (Cousineau), Frank, Dan and Kathy Kucharek

  4. I have so much in my home that Bob and Mary provided me that they will both be there forever and Nancy helping me take care of my son, Jason, when he was a little tot! Wow!! And then, the funny, crazy moments like at my wedding and Bob insisted I polka with him! It was my first polka……. But he moved me around so well we looked like professionals!!! A lifetime of memories in my heart and my son’s heart. We will all meet again someday. Giant hugs to everyone.

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