Donald Raymond Kulla

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April 7, 1932 ~ October 6, 2017

Donald Raymond Kulla was born April 7, 1932 in Brainerd, Minnesota. He slipped peacefully from this life to be with Jesus the morning of October 6, 2017 in his home at the age of 85.
From the time of his childhood, Don enjoyed the outdoors. He loved the morning hours best and faithfully went for early morning walks; he was a well-known figure along Hwy. 503.
Don was inducted into the U.S. Army and served for two years during the Korean War. When he returned home, he was joined in marriage to his "Sweet Marie" on August 22, 1954. They shared 63 "short" years together and raised a family of 10 children. He was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved them all and his face lit up with a smile each time he saw them.
As a young married couple, they moved to the West Coast in 1955. Don resided in Brush Prairie, WA for the past 55 years. He worked for the Clark County PUD for 40 plus years before retiring. He also loved traveling and spending time with his family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents: Emil and Ella Kulla; siblings: Ted, Carl, Esther, Helmi, Phyllis (Koistinen), June (Rhoades) and Joyce Kulla; and one great-grandson, Christian Coponen. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie (Martin) Kulla and their children: Ruth (Sam) Seppala of Rindge, NH, Rachel (Tim) Muhonen of New Ipswich, NH, Emma (Doug) Somero of Yacolt, WA, Martin (Faye) of Rindge, NH, Emil (Marci) of Brush Prairie, WA, Reuben (Darlene) of LaCenter, WA, Donald (Roxanne) of Yacolt, WA, Raymond (Rosanna) of Hazel, SD, Michael (Marla) of Yacolt, WA and Naomi (Nels) Traffie of New Ipswich, NH, 83 grandchildren and 86 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Evelyn (Wirta) of Vancouver, WA.
As the end neared, Don often repeated how much he longed to go "home" and prayed God would give him strength to bear his lot. He has now attained that for which he longed. He prayed all his family would one day be with him there.
I John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen
We, his family, are left to mourn his passing and await the day when we can be reunited with him in heaven above.
Funeral services were held October 11, 2017 at the Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church. He was laid to rest at the Finn Hill Cemetery.

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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 13, 2017
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