Joseph R. Kula, 91, Clifton Park, N.Y., died Friday at home. He married the former Helen M. Wright in October 1955. She died Aug. 19, 1990.
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Born in Dickson City, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Anesko Kula. He was educated in Dickson City schools and was a World War II Air Force veteran, serving as a tailgunner on a B24 bomber. Joe was honorably discharged in 1948 and went on to receive his pilot's license. He worked as a flight instructor and flew Lear jets for private corporations. He was also a pilot for Page Airways until September 1991, when he retired at the age of 70.
Joe was a proud father and grandfather. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was loving, selfless, generous, extremely hardworking, intelligent and courageous. Joe will truly be missed by everyone who knew him. He was an amazing man.
Surviving are two daughters, Ann Kula Jasewicz and Patricia Kula Beidl; eight grandchildren, Faith, Kate, Juliet, Sara and Peter Beidl; and Jacob, Jessica and Julie Jasewicz; a brother, Michael Kula, Dickson City; a sister, Nettie Perko, Dickson City; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph Kula Jr.; and sisters, MaryAnn Wrightson, Dorothy Borys, Elizabeth and Claudia Kula.
The funeral with military honors will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with Mass at 9:30 in St. Mary's Visitation Church, Dickson City. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Dickson City.
Friends may call Monday, 5 to 8 p.m.
For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit www.mazurfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on May 5, 2013