Rush Funeral Home
Robert "Bob" Kuharski was born on June 14, 1923 in Calumet City, Illinois, the son of George and Mae (Roldycz) Kuharski. He grew up and attended school in Calumet City, graduating from Hammond Technical School in welding. He entered the Army Air Corp in 1943 and later joined the United States Air Force as a radio operator flying B-17ís during WWII. He also flew Air Rescue in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Bob met the love of his life Peggy Jane Keown in Rapid City at the USO Club. They were married on July 8, 1950 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Rapid City.
Bob was employed by Boeing Aircraft as a welder on the Minuteman Missile Sites. Later he started his own welding business along with operating a dairy farm with his family. He and his family operated Lake Haven in the Black Hills for twenty years. Bob later retired from Barber Transportation and worked part time at Bear Country.
Bob was known for his work ethic, honesty, uncanny wit, his competitiveness on the golf course, and as a pool shark. We will miss his humor, practical jokes, and always having the last laugh.
Grateful for having shared his life include his wife of 53 years, Peggy of Rapid City; five sons Curren Kuharski and his wife Nancy of Casper, Wyoming, Donald Kuharski of Sioux Falls, Pat Kuharski and his wife Robbie of Sacramento, California, Mitch Kuharski and his wife Annie of Denver, Colorado, and David Kuharski and his wife Maria of Rapid City; four daughters Karen Hustead and her husband Teddy of Wall, Kathy Kuharski of Bozeman, Montana, Cheryl Fenske and her husband Brian of Rapid City, and Mary Brogdon and her husband Bobbie of Dawsonville, Georgia; twenty grandchildren; two sisters Anzelma McKesson, and Delores Braun and her husband Ed all of Calumet City, Illinois.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Robert "Bob" Kuharski, age 80, of Rapid City, died Thursday morning, April 1, 2004 at his daughters home in Georgia after a lengthy illness.
Visitation was held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. all at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (5th and South St.) in Rapid City.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the church, with Father Paul Dahms as celebrant.
Interment with military honors was 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Rapid City.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established.
Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall is in charge of arrangements.