December 11, 1944 ~ April 14, 2011
Richard Joseph Kulbe 1944-2011
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend
Surrounded by his loving family, Richard Joseph Kulbe went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2011. Richard was born on December 11, 1944 in Newark, New Jersey to Joseph and Veronica Kulbe. As a young adult, he proudly served his country as a Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. His years of military service helped to cultivate and foster a love of history, especially all things related to World War II. Aside from history, Richard was also passionate about music. A gifted bass guitar player, blues music played an integral role in his life; touching his soul and awakening his senses with each and every jam session he was a part of.
Professionally, Richard gave twenty-seven dedicated years to his work as a Longshoreman for Local 13 and a Marine Clerk for Local 63. More than anything, however, Richard's greatest joy was with his family. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Barbara, and their eight children, Christian, Kevin, Erin, Brian, Nathan, Sara, Justin, and Karin. For the last six years, his primary pride and joy could be found in the eyes, the smiles, the laughter, and the sheer presence of his one and only granddaughter, Marissa, who lovingly called him "Papa." There are few words to express just how much Richard will be missed, and how deeply his absence is felt. A Catholic funeral mass for Richard will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:00 am at St Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. Following the memorial service, Richard will be interned with full military honors at Inglewood Cemetery.
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