Otto Kuk, Jr., age 91, passed away at his home in Spokane, Wa., with his daughters, Sheila and Marla, and his son, Lance, by his side.
Otto was born the son of Otto and Emma (Weigum) Kuk Sr., in Odessa, North Dakota. He was baptized January 10, 1933, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stanton, North Dakota. He attended country school. He loved hunting, fishing, playing pool and being with his family. On May 18, 1944, he enlisted in the army. Wile serving in France and Germany during WWII he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. Truly ‘one’ of the Greatest Generation.
On February 9, 1946, he married his sweetheart, Melida (Ude), in Stanton, North Dakota. After their marriage they lived in Pick City, North Dakota, where he worked on the Garrison Dam. In the mid-fifties they moved to Chewelah, Wa., where they raised their four children, eventually moving to Spokane, Wa. in 1974. It was here where they took their first dance lessons together. Hardly a weekend went by when they weren’t doing the polka or waltz at the Deutsches Haus or Eagles, even practicing in their living room. Proud of their heritage they developed life long friends through the German American Society and their love of dance and music. The Deutsches Fest in Odessa was not to be missed by them (oh, that delicious German sausage!).
Otto is survived by his granddog and best friend, Willie, daughter Sheila Kuk (John Emacio) of Chattaroy, Wa., son Lance Kuk of Addy, Wa., daughter Paulette Sackman(Ray) of Spokane, Wa., daughter Marla Kuk of Spokane, Wa; grandchildren Frank Richardson (Katie), Cori Wuesthoff (Mike), Brian Sackman (Janelle), Chris Sackman (Pam), Daryl Kuk (Wendy), Heather Friess (Cory); great-grandchildren Brooke Sackman, Tyler Kuk, Ahron Wuesthoff, Haley Kuk, Colton Friess, Harmony Kuk, Wyatt Friess, Peter Sackman, Jacob Sackman; sister LaRue Wolf of North Highlands, Ca., sisters-in-law Betty Kuk of Bend, Or., Rosie Kuk of Rio Linda, Ca., Linda Kuk of Rio Linda, Ca., Lorraine Raszler of Bismarck, N.D., and numerous nieces and nephews.
We will miss you so much, Dad. And love you and Mom with all our hearts.
Otto was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Melida, son Lester, his parents, brothers Earl, Gordon, Stanley, Lynn and sisters Frances and Deloras.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, April 21, 4620 N. Regal in Spokane, Wa., with interment at 2 p.m. in Chewelah, Wa. With a reception to follow.