John S. Kulback, Jr.

August 4, 2022

John S. Kulback, Jr. passed away on August 1, 2022, at his home in Cantonment, Florida. He was well over 97 years old.

John was born in Jersey City, N.J. January 20, 1925, to John and Mary Kulback. Both of his parents were immigrants from Slovakia. John also had two siblings: Irene and Joan.

After high school John served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the Parachute School at Ft. Benning, G.A. and was then a paratrooper, expert rifleman, and communications man during WWII. He was such a proficient marksman, that he frequently would win passes from his base or encampment. He actively served in the Pacific theatre including the Philippine jungles and during the occupation of Japan by U.S. forces. John was honorably discharged in February 1946 at Ft Dix, New Jersey. He received the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory medal. He was one of the true heroes of WWII who fought to the war’s end and helped preserve our freedoms. He was proud to be born in the United States and partake in the “American Experiment.”

In 1951 John married Dolores Gunza of Paterson, New Jersey. After they wed, they lived in Paterson, New Jersey for a few years. Then they purchased a home in the quiet New Jersey suburban town of Waldwick. There they raised three children: Heidi, Cindy, and Kevin.

John always showed a strong work ethic and persistence in whatever he took on. He always worked diligently to provide for his wife and children and was a true family man. He worked in a number of occupations and completed some college-level training, including coursework in supermarket operations through Cornell University. Eventually he achieved the position of food and meat buyer at the corporate level for Grand Union Supermarkets in Wayne, New Jersey.

In 1994 he and his wife moved to Cantonment, Florida from New Jersey, after retiring a few years earlier. John enjoyed BBQ’s, an occasional fishing trip, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family.

John is preceded in death by his wife Dolores. Survived are his three adult children, two grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and his sister Joan Fenton. A visitation and memorial service will be held Monday August 15 at 10 a.m. at Family Funeral and Cremation on Davis Highway in Pensacola. The remains of John and Dolores Kulback will be placed at Fort Barrancas National Cemetery after a service (which is to be determined).

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