John 'Jack' Walter Kulp Jr., 78, of Louisville, Ky., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Pewee Valley, Ky., while surrounded by his wife and children.
Son of the late John W. and Tynee R. Kulp, he was born on July 21, 1934, in Teaneck, N.J.
He was a graduate of Bergenfield High School in New Jersey and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Upon graduating from Stevens in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering, he accepted a position with Ingersoll-Rand.
He also received a commission into the Air Force and served for three years as a radar controller, achieving the rank of captain.
He then returned to Ingersoll-Rand and remained with the company until his retirement in 1999.
His job took him to New York City, Horseheads, N.Y., Campbellsville and Charlotte, N.C.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, neighbor and friend.
He was active in his churches, the last being Calvary Church in Charlotte, and various charities, including Samaritan's Purse, Joni and Friends and the MS Society.
Jack never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a hand.
He was married to his loving wife, Judy Kulp, for 54 years. She survives.
Survivors also include a daughter, Carol Kulp-Shorten and her husband, David; two sons, David Kulp and his wife, Vanessa, and Jeff Kulp and his wife, Barb; seven grandchildren, Drew, Taylor, Lindsey, Madison, Garrett, Mackenzie and Elizabeth; a sister, Claudette Kelly; a brother, Richard Kulp; and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille and Audrey; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kulp.
The family would like to thank the staff at Friendship Manor Nursing Home for their loving care of Jack over the past two years.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Northeast Christian Church, 9900 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, Ky., 40241.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the
or a charity of one's choice.
Stoess Funeral Home in Crestwood, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.