Donald M. Cuka, age 89, of Utica, South Dakota, died February 17, 2017, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Pallbearers are: Donnie Cuka, Nick Christensen, Kam Christensen, Larry Kralicek, Jon Kopp, Tyler Kopp, Nic Thimmesch, and Daniel Goeders.
Donald Michael Cuka was born March 9, 1927, in Bon Homme County, South Dakota, to Albert and Clara (Povondra) Cuka. He grew up on the farm near Tyndall, South Dakota and attended country school. He enlisted into the United States Navy in 1948 and served his country during the Korean War until 1952. He married Virginia Johnson on August 15, 1950 in Yankton, South Dakota. After Don left the service, the family moved to a farm near Crofton, Nebraska. In 1956, they moved to the farm northwest of Yankton on the James River Bottom. He spent his life farming, custom haystack moving, and hauling gravel from Cuka's Pit.
Don was a lifetime member of the Yankton VFW, the Lower James River Development Committee, and was a very active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church serving on the church council, as a deacon, vice chairman and chairman. The three most important things to Don were his family, his farm and his faith. Don loved being on the farm, living on the Jim River, and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved Virginia with all his heart and never wanted to be apart from her.
Survivors include his three children: Brad (Jo) Cuka of Meckling, South Dakota; Lynelle (Jim) Goeders of Tyndall, South Dakota; and Kristle (Duane) Christensen of Huron, South Dakota; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; one great great grandson; sister, Marjorie Shore of Franklin, Wisconsin; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Johnson of Vermillion, South Dakota and Shirley Ruth of Memphis, Missouri; brother-in-law, Robert (Nat) Johnson of Vermillion; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia on May 19, 2010; daughter Gail Gunderson; grandson, Daniel Cuka; sister, Lorraine Kralicek; and two brothers: Raymond and Robert Cuka.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Dear Kristle, Brad, Lynelle, and Family, God be with you in as you grieve for your dad. Our family just loved Don and especially remember the relationship during their days together at Good Samaritan. It takes a patient, kind man to be a good roommate to my dad. :-) Mom sends her love and prayers as well.
Dawn (Strunk) Whittenburg
We are remembering you and your dad in our daily Prayer; he is now at rest, watching and guiding each of you thru your daily lives. Keep his & your mother's memories close to your heart.
We have fond memories of them, he brought many loads of gravel to our place and when we drove their place they were thought of.
Lyle & Jean Hauger
I am very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I have very fond memories of spending weekends with Kristle, Don, and Virginia at the farm. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
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