Stephen Kakuk Jr.

STEPHENSON – Stephen Joseph Kakuk Jr., 79, of Stephenson, passed away Tuesday Jan. 29, 2013, at home.

Steve was born on Aug. 7, 1933, in Manitowoc, Wis., to the late Stephen Joseph and Dorothy Julia (Tadych) Kakuk Sr. Steve was a graduate of Stephenson High School class of 1952. Steve proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On Sept. 10, 1955, Steve married the former Janice Marjorie Hornik in Alaska. Steve worked for Kakuk Construction, was a dairy farmer, and a self employed logger. Steve enjoyed gardening and was known for his garlic. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and further enjoyed bowling and watching the Green Bay Packers.

Steve was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, American Legion Post 43 where he was past treasurer for six years, served 20 years on the Upper Michigan Draft board, and served as president, secretary and treasurer for the Menominee County Timberman’s association.

Survivors include his wife, Janice of Stephenson; children, Stephen J. (Jean) Kakuk III of Iron Mountain, Kathy (Raymond LaPointe) Chaltry of Ingalls, Mich., William (Lynn) Kakuk of Menominee, Mark (Christina) Kakuk of Daggett, and Barbara Kakuk of Peshtigo, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters, Karen Polakowski, Lois (Dale) Brower, Sharon (Jan) Thoney, Margie (Tom) Kuntze, and Patricia (Larry) Barker; six brothers, Dr. Thomas (Martha), Ronald (Jeannine), Anthony (Reeny), Donald (Carol), John (Marie), and Keith (Vicki); and sister-in-law, Mary Kakuk; many nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy (Paul) Svinicki, and Mary Kakuk; brother, Francis; and brother-in-law, Gary Polakowski.

Family and friends may call at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 4, after 4 p.m. until time of Military Rites at 7 p.m., followed by parish prayer service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Precious Blood Catholic Church at 10 a.m., with Father Michael Ocran officiating.

Burial will be in Stephenson Township Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in Steve’s name for American Legion Post 43 of Stephenson.