Stanley Joseph Kucholick Sr., 90, Kokomo, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, February 12, 2012 at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, Marion. He was born September 10, 1921 in Elmora, Pennsylvania, the eighth of ten children to John and Cathrine Kucholick, Polish immigrants from Krakow, Poland.
Stan attended and graduated from Carrolltown, Pennsylvania School. He went to work in the coal mines, where he earned $1.00 a day. He then joined the mining baseball team and played for the company. He was drafted in 1942 and served with the 424th Division during WWII. He was a Staff Sergeant and worked in operations as a map reader. He was stationed at Camp Pickett, Virginia and also served time at Camp Atterbury, where he met his future wife, Dana J. St. John. He was shipped to Germany in October 1944, where he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Distinguished Medal of Honor. He was shipped home and arrived on Mother’s Day 1945. He married Dana on June 7, 1945 and she preceded him in death on May 7, 2008. He was discharged from the Army in November 1945.
Stan moved to Kokomo and began working at Railway Express then on to Ward Baking Company distributing cakes and pies to local grocery and small mom & pop stores, which he did until 1968. In his spare time, he continued to play baseball for the Kokomo Boosters, a local semi pro team. They traveled all over the mid-west. He even had a try-out with the Milwaukee Braves. He along with other team members did the grounds-keeping for the ball diamonds at Highland Park. He played there from 1946-1957. In 1957 he had a terrible vehicle accident, which left him with two broken legs and a crushed ankle. In 1957 he went to work for the K of C until 1974. He had many other jobs in landscaping and mowing for Haynes Corp. and Public Service. He and his wife ran the Highland Park Concession and took care of the ball diamond from 1954 until they retired in 2003.
Stan, along with a partner, built the Dairy Queen on U.S. 31 in 1968, which he later sold. In November 1969, he bought the Dairy Queen in Forest Park Shopping Center, which he and Dana operated until it was sold in 1987.
Stan was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.
Stan is survived by his eleven children, Stanley E. Kucholick of Galveston, Kathann Zehring of Ft. Wayne, Stephen (Janet) Kucholick of The Villages, Florida, M. Karole and ( Terry) Smith of Kokomo, M. Christine and (Michael) McKillip of Converse, John Kucholick, Mark (Diane) Kucholick, Debra Hunt, Joseph (Kim) Kucholick, James Kucholick, all of Kokomo, and Karen Kucholick of Mexico, Indiana; 35 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Nellie Filipovich of Indiana, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one grandson, Jansen Kucholick; one great-grandson, Lucus Kucholick; brothers, John, Walter and John Kucholick; sisters, Mary Kokothova, Victoria Kucholick, Stephanie Kucholick, Lottie Toth and Estella Zacarria.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1229 North Washington Street, with Rev. Fr. Theodore Dudzinski the celebrant. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the VFW Military Rites Team. Friends may call at the church from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, where a Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monastery of the Poor Clares, Bona Vista or to St. Patrick Catholic Church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.