NEWTON, NC – Richard J. Pucak, 88, formerly of Hubbard, a resident of North Fort Myers, Fla., Currently living with his daughter in Newton, NC, returned home to be with the Lord on Sunday 5 September 2021.
He was born on July 2, 1933 to George and Mary Pucak, now deceased. Dick graduated from Hubbard High School in 1951.
Dick met the love of his life, Donna Jean Walters, at a K of P Hall dance in Coalburg, and there their 62-year love affair began. Dick and Donna were truly soul mates and were blessed with three beautiful children, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren,
He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1951, stationed at Amarillo AFB, Texas, as a general A&E jet mechanic during the Korean War. Many stories have been enjoyed about the time Dick and Donna spent together in Texas while serving his country.
Dick retired from US Can in 1994 (formerly Sherwin-Williams), at Hubbard. His mechanical skills were legendary; he was known to many as “Mr. Fix it.”
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church until his retirement in Florida, where he was a member of St. Therese’s Catholic Church in North Fort Myers.
He spent his summers at the “Crows’ Nest” cabin in Conneaut Lake, Pa., And in his later years, he wintered in North Ft. Myers, Florida and Newton, North Carolina.
Dick’s greatest love and purpose in life was to be part of an amazing family, with 15 siblings, and 39 nieces and nephews by his side, as well as five sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and 26 nieces. and nephews on Donna’s side. Family was everything. Some of his other passions included dancing with Donna, pulling kids and grandchildren on the boat, playing golf, socializing with friends at VFW, and enjoying a daily high ball made from Black Velvet.
He is survived by his daughter, Darlene (Rodger) Dawson of Newton, North Carolina; sons, Richard (Marie) of Grosse Ile, Michigan and Michael (Dawn) of Ottawa Hills; five grandchildren, CJ, Danielle, Michael, Brooke and Gavin; and six great-grandchildren, Gracie, Stone, Jordyn, Sydney, Morgan and Harper. He is also survived by two siblings, Toni O’Bruba (Bob) and Barbara Best (David); and a host of nieces and nephews. Dick is also survived by a very special friend, Jean Sheckton, whose company he enjoyed for the last three years of his life.
Besides his parents, Dick was predeceased by his brothers, John, Emil, George, Carl, Robert and William; and sisters, Mary DeLory, Helen Ferradino, Viola Guest, Emily Evans, Dorothy Paul, Betty Yourchisin and Margaret Hoff.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Church, 225 N. Main St., Hubbard, where family will welcome friends and family from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when the Mass commemorative will begin. Private interment at Hubbard Union Cemetery will follow.
A meal to celebrate her life will be held at VFW Hall, 710 W. Liberty St., Hubbard, immediately after.
The family is asking that any material contribution be made to St. Patrick’s Church or the American Red Cross, an organization that was instrumental in the tornado that hit the Hubbard community in 1985.
Schlup-Pucak Funeral Home, Akron, is responsible for final care. The family would also like to thank the Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, NC
Schlup Pucak Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pucak family. Richard’s messages and memories can be shared at www.schluppucakfh.com.