Funeral services for Ernest A. Kulla, 87, were conducted by Pastor Gordon Buchholz on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. Honorary Casket Bearers were: Arlo Winterboer, Cliff Petersen, Harold Rustvold, and James (Buzz) Cavanaugh. The casket bearers were Larry Petersen, Doug Jensen, Tyler Thygesen, Jim Crawley, John Ballou, and Tony Hoffmann. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Ernest Albert Kulla, the son of Franz and Mina Minert Kulla, was born July 12, 1926, at his parents' home in Manning, and died Dec. 11, 2013, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 87 years, 4 months, and 29 days.
Ernie was baptized at the Trinity Lutheran Church northwest of Audubon and later confirmed as an adult at St. John's Lutheran Church in Audubon. He attended Audubon Community Schools in Audubon and graduated while in the United States Army
Air Corp. On Jan. 1, 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp where he was a gunner and mechanic. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 4, 1946. Ernie then returned to Audubon where he was employed as a mechanic and welder.
On June 4, 1951, he was united in marriage to Julia (Judy) Jane Miller at the First Christian Church in Audubon. One son Craig was born to this union. He was employed for Earl Lucas for a number of years as a mechanic. He then was employed with Emmert Manufacturing as a welder for numerous years until they closed. Ernie moved to the Friendship Home in March of 2011. Judy died Oct. 1, 2011.
Ernie was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Audubon. He was a member of the Audubon Fire Department where he volunteered for over 50 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #120 Audubon, and an associate member of the Dale Christensen Post #4119, V.F.W
. in Audubon. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Audubon until they disbanded. Ernie enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping, but most of all he loved being on the fire department.
Ernest was preceded in death by his wife Judy Kulla; his parents; his brother Walter Kulla; his sister Wanda and husband Gene King; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Laura Jean and husband Clarence Remele; Karl and wife Maxine Miller; and Shirley and husband Orville (Corky) Railsback.
Survivors include his son Craig and wife Nancy Kulla of Audubon, Iowa; his grandson Joshua and wife Suzanne Kulla of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.