Kurt Michael Kuzulka

Date of Death: Aug 28, 2013
Kurt Michael Kuzulka
[highlight_text] (1949 – 2013) [/highlight_text] Kurt Michael Kuzulka, 64, of Waupun, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at UW Madison Hospital awaiting a lung transplant due to Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis.


[leftcolumn] Kurt was born February 28, 1949 in Hustisford, WI the son of Nicolai and Opal Deutsch Kuzulka. Kurt attended Waupun schools, graduating from Waupun High School in 1967. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in education. On November 7, 1970 he married Susan Staehling at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun where he continued his membership, sharing and inspiring others with his gift of musical talent.

In the mid sixties, at the age of 16, Kurt started his musical career with the band “The Warlords” and then progressed to other bands throughout his life including “Bare Fat”, “The What Four”, “Buzz Band”, “Whiz Kids”, “Pop Music”, several other bands and most recently “Rings”. Kurt was also an accomplished solo acoustic guitar artist and performed throughout Wisconsin putting himself through college and supporting his family solely playing music for over ten years. Besides working as a full-time musician for much of his life, he was also a self-employed painter. Kurt was a hard working man who put forth his best effort in everything he did. He enjoyed his past six years working with his son Kevin starting and growing SQ Powder Coating. Throughout Kurt’s life he found happiness spending time with his family and having his guitar at hand. It was the simple things in life that brought joy to Kurt. Spending time outdoors, enjoying food with family, walking dogs, and occasional vacations with his children brought true meaning to his life. Kurt’s musical, humorous, and incredible personality will be missed, but he will always be loved by many.

Kurt is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan Kuzulka of Waupun; his sons, Kevin Kuzulka of Fox Lake and Kurt (Julianna) Kuzulka of Howards Grove; a son-in-law, Kreg DeBoer of Brandon; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Katelyn and Klaire DeBoer, Karson, Karalyn, and Keaton Kuzulka, and Koralyn and Kurt James Kuzulka; his mother, Opal Kuzulka of Waupun; his brother, Nick (Judy) Kuzulka of Waupun; along with other relatives and friends.

Kurt was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen DeBoer, and his father, Nicolai Kuzulka.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Kurt Kuzulka may call on the family on Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and Saturday at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Kurt Kuzulka will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. Rolf Amundsen officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Wedges Prairie Cemetery.



  1. Connie Raether and Tom Peck Says: August 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    We did not know Kurt well, but always enjoyed seeing and hearing him play. Talked with him many times when he was with Rings. A gentle and kind man, with a wonderful smile, and such a talented musician. His music gave so many people so much joy. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and your entire family.

  2. Rick Gustafson Says: August 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    My dearest condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of playing with Kurt while filling in with Pop Music several times. He was a truly wonderful person. Best wishes to all.

  3. Kevin Zimmermann Says: August 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Kim and I are were touched by Kurt and Suzan’s warmth, and it was a blessing to play with him if only a few times. Our sincerest wishes for his family. Know that Kurt gave joy to many through his music and kind spirit. He will be missed – and fondly remembered.

  4. Richard & Carol Colbath Says: August 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sue, and your family.
    We will always remember Kurt’s musicianship and friendship.

  5. Ted & Terri Neuburg Says: August 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Dear Sue & family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Kurt’s passing. He was a good friend and neighbor. He will sadly missed both personally and musically. Thinking about you all.
    Ted & Terri Neuburg

  6. Bill & Sheri Amidon Says: August 31, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. We truly enjoyed listening to Kurt’s music as a member of Rings. May your memories give you joy and peace. — Bill and Sheri Amidon, Campbellsport, Wisconsin

  7. Richard & Carol Colbath Says: August 31, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sue, and family. We will always remember Kurt and the music he played.

  8. Clare Toll Says: August 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I was so very sorry to hear this news! My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May your memories of sweeter times help see you through the tough times. May God bless you and keep you all enfolded in his arms. I will be holding you all in my heart.

  9. Mark Disbrow Says: August 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    My wife and I are very sadden learning of Kurt’s death. He and I attended Waupun High together and I do remember him in the Warlords Band. We give our best to his family.

  10. Jerry Jacklin Says: September 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I just found out about this very unfortunate/untimely passing…

    Kurt and I were friends and in a few bands together in the late 60s – while we were going to school at UW Oshkosh.

    I remember the pleasant personality that Kurt possessed – which made the “road trips” to the various venues much more interesting; and the musical talent. I am very sorry to hear of this loss.

  11. Kris Disbrow Says: September 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm


    Just learned today about Kurt.

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    I’m available anytime for anything

    Kris Disbrow

  12. What sad news… Over the years Kurt entertained so many people with his gift of music and sense of humor…what a great guy and irreplaceable loss to his friends and family.

    Those of us who grew up back in the 60s and 70s still remember the “Warlords an Barefat”… and are thankful for those memories

    God now offers Kurt the ultimate gig…

  13. Sue, Sorry this is so late but I just found out. Please take care and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers……

  14. Barbara Possin Says: September 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Sue, Just heard about Kurt. I remember playing in the HS band with the two of you. I also remember when you first started dating Kurt and how proud you were of his musical talent. My deepest condolences. Barbara Possin

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