Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene Kulhanek age 74 of Howells, NE will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Nepomucene Catholic Church in Howells, NE. Interment with Military Honors by American Legion Post #155 and a Fireman's Tribute by Howells Fire and Rescue, will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m., and will continue on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service, all at the church. Minnick Funeral Home in Dodge is assisting with the arrangements.
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Gene passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hillside Villa in West Point, NE.
Eugene “Gene” Kulhanek was born on September 5, 1945 to Joseph R. and Sophie A. (Sindelar) Kulhanek in rural Cuming County, NE. He received his education at St. John Catholic School, Howells Public School class of 1963, Wayne State College class of 1972, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Platte Community College.
He served four years in the US Air Force of which one and one half years was spent at Tuy Hoa Air Base in Vietnam, where he earned the Air Force Commendation medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and one year at Howard Air Base in the Panama Canal Zone, serving as a munitions and explosive specialist. He also served at other Air Force Bases and a Naval base in Puerto Rico.
On September 19, 1970, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Vesely at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Howells, NE. They made their home in Hoskins, Fremont, and Howells, NE.
Gene taught at Mead Public School for six years and at Howells Public School for 28 years in the science and industrial arts departments. He also did substitute teaching for 12 years.
He played bass with dance bands including the Modernaires, Solid Eight Orchestra, Howells Host Shots, Don Telecky Polka Band and various other bands.
Gene was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Howells, Noforlk Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1644, and Howells American Legion Post #155. He was a past member of the Howells Public Library Board and Howells Rescue Squad. He also was a member of the Howells Volunteer Fire Department.
He enjoyed woodworking, wood cutting, metalworking, farming, gardening, tending to the cattle, repairing bicycles for charity and going to casinos.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, aunt, Elma Bart, nephews and nieces, a brother-in-law, and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Bernice Kulhanek, and a brother-in-law.