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Andrew Stephen Kulina, 88, born August 20,1929 in Blaine, Ohio; passed away February 10, 2018, Korean War veteran, Air Force, B29 bomber left gunner. Preceeded in death by his wife of 56 years, Helen Ruth (Clark) Kulina and his parents John and Ann (Suty) Kulina. Survived by his children Anna Marie and Andrew Stephen II (wife Jenny Law Kulina) and two grandchildren, Olivia Grace (7) and Sophia Hope (3) Kulina, his sister Sr. John Ann S.C.N., (101 in April) brother Frank (95), great friends and neighbors and extended family members and many others who encountered him as he became a part of their stories all along his life's journey. He was always available if someone needed his help and expertise. He loved all God's critters, big or small. He always had some Belmont County in him and used his proud Slovak heritage and past experiences well to guide him in life.
He was retired after 50+ years as a heating and cooling technician for Lennox, Airtron, and Bogen, Bogen & Bogen, a very long time to keep Columbus "cool as a cucumber." He met his future wife in her mother's Hamlet St. basement long ago when she was sent by her mother to keep an eye on him during a heating and cooling service call that fateful day long ago. He spent every waking moment he could outdoors and especially loved working in the hybrid tea rose garden he kept for his Ruthie, and anything that had to do with Alaska, survival skills, or survival IN Alaska, or watching Gold Rush ("digging dirt" in Alaska). He was an avid Bengals and Buckeyes fan, especially for basketball and football. He still beamed as he told stories about the Washington D.C. trip he took with Honor Flight Columbus and was very proud to have served his country during conflict. He was awarded two medals during his military service, and Veterans Day was very important to him. He was a private pilot and loved going to air shows and related aviation history museums. Now he is a part of that wild blue yonder. We love and miss you Dad, but Mom was waiting for you and you had a rose to give her from your garden.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish so may contribute in his memory to the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation online at www.pmsf.org or by check and mail to Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation
Attn: Ronni Blumenthal
200 Capri Isles Blvd. Suite 7F
Venice, Florida 34292
with the message "In Memory of Olivia's Grandpa, Andrew Kulina".
Friends and family may visit Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 at Egan Ryan Central Chapel, 403 E. Broad St in downtown Columbus, Mass of Christian Burial 10 am Friday at St Matthias Church, 1582 Ferris Rd, Fr. Raymond Larussa officiating. Interment following service with military honors at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 9571 N. High St, Lewis Center. Wake is Friday, 6pm at The Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Rd. Please join us to toast Dad. The Kulina family would also like to thank all of Dad's physicians that helped with his care over the years so we would have him as long as we did.