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.