ohn D. Kuckelman, 82, Axtell, died Sunday, September 1
, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas. A mass of Christian Burial is Friday, September 6
, at St. Michael’s Church in Axtell with burial following at the church cemetery. A Rosary will be recited on September 5
. Pallbearers are his grandsons: David Temple, Jon Temple, Tony Kuckelman, Drew Kuckelman, Adam Kuckelman, Jeremy Stallbaumer, James Stallbaumer, Kyle Schmitz, Dylan Schmitz, Jacob Schmitz, Brad Lineweber, & Nicholas Koch.
John D. Kuckelman was born October 7 th , 1930, in Axtell, Kansas, a son of Fred & O’ttilia (Engelken) Kuckelman. He attended school in Baileyville. In addition to his education, he drove trucks for Paul Koch and worked at the Lumber Yard, both located there. He proudly served his country in the Army, from 1952 to 1954, where he was stationed in Germany. He married Anna Marie Porting on June 9 th , 1955. John worked for the Canteen Vending Company in Topeka until 1958, when the couple moved to Axtell. John worked at the Meyer Lumber Yard until he retired in October of 1996.
With their union, John and Anna Marie had 8 children: Betty (Tommy) Temple, Marysville, Kansas; Patty (Mike) Krogman, Axtell, Kansas; Rohn Kuckelman, Seneca, Kansas; Bob (Rose) Kuckelman, Axtell, Kansas; June (Jerry) Stallbaumer, Seneca, Kansas,: Shirley (Alan) Schmitz, Baileyville, Kansas; Rose (Greg) Morris, Beatrice, Nebraska; and Donna (Roger) Koch, Axtell, Kansas.
He is preceded in death by his parents Fred & Tillie, his siblings Danny Kuckelman on November 27, 1959, Paul Kuckelman on October 15, 2002, and an infant brother Fred Kuckelman on April 18, 1934.
As well as his wife and children, John is survived by the following siblings: Lucille (Herman) Preston, Seneca, Kansas; Mary (Lawrence) Mueting, Seneca, Kansas; Mark (Theresa) Kuckelman, Axtell, Kansas; Rozella (Virgil) Ronnebaum, Axtell, Kansas; Kay (Mert) Gravenstein, Topeka, Kansas; LeNore (Walt) Stumpf, Topeka, Kansas; and Albert (Sharon) Kuckelman, Topeka, Kansas.
John was a quiet man who enjoyed spending time with his family. Throughout his years, he was a loving grandfather to his 25 grandchildren and great-grandfather to his 20 great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, camping, or simply sitting on his porch swing.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Church and/or School in Axtell.