Dr. Robert Lawrence Kulp passed away on October 26, 2013, at 88 years of age after a full, productive life.
He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on February 15, 1925.
After graduating from high school in Parkville, Missouri, his college plans were interrupted by WWII. He enlisted in the Navy and was accepted into their wartime V12 engineering program and earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota
He left the military as an Ensign and then began premedical studies at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. At this time he also taught algebra and trigonometry.
One of his students in his algebra class, Arlene Schooley, became his wife after graduation. His marriage was to last 65 years.
He completed medical school at the University of Kansas in 1952. After spending time interning at Naval Hospital, NAS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he spent two years as a flight surgeon in Pensacola, Florida and Beeville, Texas.
His family practice residency took place in Denver and was followed by a medical practice in Steamboat Springs before coming to Brush in 1962 at which time he shared a medical practice with Dr. James Price and Dr. Paul Hildebrand.
He retired from the medical profession in 1987 and then enjoyed numerous activities. These included traveling, hiking and biking, sailing, flying his Gruman airplane, reading and listening to music.
Dr. Kulp is survived by his wife Arlene and by daughters Linda of Rock Springs, WY and Susan Stimson (Michael) of Memphis, TN and son Larry (Debra) of Arvada, CO. Grandchildren include Matt Stimson, Nate Stimson (Cameron), Patrick Stimson (Christina), Dr Katherine Kulp (Dr Mike Binet) and Thomas Kulp (Meghan). Great-grandchildren are Rowan, Beckett and Jasmine Stimson.
He was preceded in death by daughter Marilyn in 1979.
His patients were very important to him and he loved being a medical doctor He especially enjoyed bringing new babies into the world.
A celebration of his life through music will take place at Brush United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. All are invited. The organist is Arlene's sister, Ellen Porter of Osawatomie, Kansas.
Private inurnment will be in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Care Center, Sommerlyst Center c/o the Heer Mortuary, 222 Cameron Street., Brush, CO 80723