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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  1. Dear Barbara and family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to you all. May the love you share together as a family help you through this difficult time. Love, strength and blessings, Gayle Naujoks….as Richard would say…It’s WHALE’ETTA!!

  2. I love you so much dad!!! Words can’t even explain how much I miss you!! until we meet again… I love you forever!!! love, karin

  3. Dear Erin and Family, Your dad was the source of many fun hours at work. Had the joy of meeting him first and then became friends with you,Erin. Will remember his humor and lots of laughs. I know this is a very hard time for your family. God Bless All of You. Peace and Love, Michelle and Roxanne

  4. Dad…….I think you would be happy with this:) I miss you so much. I am so happy that I was able to see you everyday these last few months. This was a special gift you gave too me. Thank you. I already miss getting you your coffee in the morning. Now I will get coffee for memo. Love you and we will meet again in paradise. I know you are pain free and with grandma. Ps…….THIN AS LYNN…..:)

  5. Dear Barbara and family, We were so deeply saddened to hear about Richard’s passing. Please accept our prayers and sincere sympathy. We know he is now playing the blues with the best!! We will miss you Richard! God Bless!

  6. Hi Daddy! I miss you so very much, words cannot express how I feel. You were a great dad. You provided for all of us and I am so grateful for all you did for us. I LOVE YOU and I know I will see you again. I hope you are laughing, playing the bass, and enjoying the blues right now. Your Loving Daughter- Sara Ann XOXOXO

  7. Dad,I love and miss you so much.Thanks for all your love and support throughout my life.I realized that I saw and talked to you almost every day of my 40 years alive.It’s gonna be so hard not to be able to see and talk to you anymore.I know we will see each Other again…….your loving son and friend,Kevin Joseph Kulbe……..

  8. The memory of our departed loved ones – in memory of a true friend – “When we love, we remember; and this memory, the effect of love, is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into “deeds” for the loved one. Why, when sorrow is united with faith, should not our sad memories resolve themselves into sentiments sweet and precious to the soul? To recall the features, the accents, the manners and the sentiments of a loved one is still to see him, to hear him, to touch him and to associate him with the joys and sorrows which he formerly shared.” – Gergeres

  9. I will miss Richard and the times we shared. His colorful stories and sense humor were infectious. A man with a true heart,deep soul and a love for the music he so enjoyed. Take care Richard, you are in good hands.

  10. I am very sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I hope the memories of all that you shared bring smiles & joy along with the tears that undoubtedly accompany these reminisces. He will be forever with you in your heart. Sincerely, Susan Curson

  11. Dear Barbara, Children, Family and Friends of Richard ~ I am sending Love and Prayers for Richard on his peaceful ride up the Golden Stairway to Heaven. Thank you Richard for the Love of sports and music you shared with my family ~ Fred, Armando and Mike. Sincerely, Marsha

  12. Sorry to hear this news, Rich was always good to us when we were kids My condolences go out to the Kulbe Family.

  13. Will miss you, and may the Lord keep you in the palm of His hand. And start the band you’ll be playin’ your bass with there in his kingdom.

  14. One year ago was the last time I spoke with you. I cherish that memory and will never forget. I miss and love you, Dad!

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