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Ronald "Ron" S. Kukulka

Ronald "Ron" "Mr. K" S. Kukulka, age 66, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 9:00 pm Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  

Due to the public gathering restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral services for Ronald are private.We, the family, understand that you may want to be with us during our time of loss, but for safety reasons, we understand your absence. Waters Funeral Home offers other options on their website through condolences, sympathies, memorial donations and flowers as an expression of your sympathy. Thank you for your concern and consideration.

Ronald was born on May 26, 1953, in Marysville, Michigan.

He was united in marriage to Kaylynn Record in September of 1992 in South Carolina, she survives.

Survivors included wife, Kaylynn Kukulka of Vandalia; daughters, Alyssa (Randy) Ehler of Vandalia and Heather (Stephen) Lamberson of Troy; sons, Craig (Dawn) Berghager of Lathrop, Kyle (Dawn) Lamberson of Vandalia, and Kalon Smith of Vandalia; sister, Pat (Jeff) Smith of Michigan; numerous loved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ron graduated from high school in Marysville, Michigan and furthered his education graduating with a masters degree from Graceland University.

Ron worked as a caseworker for the Missouri Department of Corrections - Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia retiring in 2018. During this time he also worked for Moberly Area Community College as a teacher for adult education, he continued to this after his retirement as it was a huge passion of his. Ron could also be found volunteering his time as a Chaplin at WERDCC in Vandalia along with working at the YMCA.

When Ron wasn't helping people he could be found enjoying his favorite game of golf, working on bible studies and writing sermons. He loved spending time helping his students and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Ron was a christian by faith.

The family would like to ask in place of flowers being sent to please make memorial contributions to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, in care of Waters Funeral Home.

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I worked with Ron at WERDCC beginning in 1998. He was a giant of a man, both in spirit and stature. I last saw him at the Vandalia YMCA where he was supervising a youth basketball game. May you Rest in Peace, Ron.

Paulette Bruch Mar 27 2020 12:00 AM

I became aquainted with Ron during the Van-Far AEL program. He was always pleasant, kind and had a nice smile. I am sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed greatly. May he rest in peace.

Crystal Sparks Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM

Will be very missed. I got to know him as I started my career in DOC. Always been a pleasure working with and just talking with when your having a rough day.

Paul Lewis Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM

Ron was one of a kind. Had a heart of gold. I remember when just him and I played 72 holes of golf. He would always wander off looking for golf balls and found thousands over time. So many he wo uI old open the trunk of his car and said take what you want. RIP my friend.
- Brock Van Loo

Brock Van Loo Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM

Ron was a wonderful, caring man. I worked with him for 20 yrs. He was always fair to staff and offenders. Rest in peace Mr. K

Deena Maiden Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM

A man of Faith and kindness. Worked with him for years at DOC and had recently got to visit with him at the YMCA. RIP MR K!!

lesley Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to Kaylynn and the family she was my second momma growing up and working around Ron was such a privilege he was a giant of a man but had the calmes voice in conversation

Tony Windmiller Mar 21 2020 12:00 AM

He was my GED teacher in the prison he was an amazing man very patient and kind. Rest in Peace Mr. K

Michelle Blackey Mar 21 2020 12:00 AM