James Kulavic Sr.
James R. Kulavic Sr., 75, formerly of Springfield, died at 8:33 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at his home.
Born Oct. 7, 1932, in Springfield to John and Rose Zupancic Kulavic, he married Margaret Ann Szabo April 24, 1954, in Springfield. She died Jan. 2, 2008.
Also preceding him in death were one sister, Loretta Walters; and three brothers, John Kulavic, Joseph Kulavic and Louis Kulavic.
Surviving are two sons, Jim (Marie) Kulavic of Chatham and Jay (Lisa) Kulavic of Washington; five daughters, Margie (Skip) Homeier and Mary Ann (Mark) Pyle, both of Springfield, Marilyn (Steve) Brown of Washington, Jean Klein of Aurora and Jennifer (Jeff) Miller of Champaign; 14 grandchildren; three brothers, Francis Kulavic and Charles (Celia) Kulavic, both of Springfield, and Bernard (Rose) Kulavic of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; and three sisters, Mary Stork of Chatham, Clara Cottingham of Petersburg and Rose Hagelmeier of Bossier City, La.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War.
He was a realtor at Coldwell Banker and was retired after more than 40 years in the cemetery business at Mount Hope Cemetery in Champaign, Rose Hill Cemetery in Chicago and Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, a Fourth Degree member of the Spalding Assembly in Peoria and was currently serving as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 6707 in Washington.
Services were Feb. 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chatham.
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His video tribute will be posted on the Web site following Thursday’s services.