RENO, Nev. ó Donald Harris Kukuk died at his home in Reno, Nev. from Parkinsonís disease on April 28, 2013, at the age of 87. He was born to Alma and Charles Kukuk on August 2, 1925, in Huron. He graduated from Huron High School, and then joined the U.S Navy-V5 program as a seaman aviator in 1944. He spent two years at Gustavus† Adolphus college in St. Peter, Minn. training to become a naval officer. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in Vallejo, Calif. in 1946.
He married his high school sweetheart, Verla† Cantonwine, on Dec. 23, 1945. In July 1949, he enrolled in the engineering School at South Dakota State College in Brookings. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BSCE degree in Civil engineering in 1951. In 1952, he and his wife moved to San Diego, California, where Don was employed by Boyle Engineering until his retirement in 1991. In 1994 they moved to Reno, Nev., where he made Reno his final home. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up, and he attended all of their sports activities. He was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers, and most of all, the North Valley Panthers, where his granddaughter played soccer and basketball, and the Reno Huskies, where both of his grandsons played football, basketball and baseball. His other interests included: investments, bowling, golf and Bridge.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Verla, of 67 years; his daughter, Lynn; son, Greg (Linda); his granddaughter, Hailee (Lynn); his two grandsons, Ryan and Grant (Greg, Linda); his brothers, Keith (Ruth), and Howard (Becky) of Yuma, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Charles Kukuk; his sister, Alice Landon, of Spearfish, his brothers, Lester Kukuk of Huron, and Bill Kukuk (Doris) of San Diego, Calif.
In memory of Don, please make donations to the American Parkinsonís Disease Association (APDA), 975 Kirman Ave., Reno, Nev. 89502.
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