Kent K. Kassulker, age 60, of Mayer, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born Jan. 2, 1957, in Watertown, the son of Gordon and Norma (Dalbec) Kassulker. Kent was baptized Jan. 20, 1957; and confirmed May 17, 1970, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Hollywood.
Kent made an impact on every single person he met. Whether you knew him for five minutes or 20 years, every conversation undoubtedly included some sort of joke while he tried to keep a straight face.
He grew up on the family farm in Mayer, and was often the instigator of the Kassulker boys’ mischief. A caring son and loving brother, Kent was the best uncle his niece and nephew could have ever asked for. He never missed a hockey or volleyball game and always made family vacations and camping trips more entertaining.
Kent loved being around people. Over the years, he made friends while playing softball, volleyball, and bowling.
He was very proud of serving as the township supervisor for 29 years.
In the summer, Kent was happiest at the cabin in Brainerd.
He was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood, and served on the church council. Kent also spent time with members of the congregation on the dartball team, where he was fondly known as “The Legend.”
He also made lifelong friends during his 22-year career as a semi truck driver with PolyFoam.
Kent’s year was never complete without his annual trip to Laughlin. He felt so thankful to have spent his 60th birthday with many family and friends in one of his favorite places.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Norma Kassulker.
Kent is survived by his loving family: brothers Keith Kassulker of Cannon Falls, and Kerry (Louanne) Kassulker of Mayer; niece Kayla (Andy) Biljan; nephew Tyler Kassulker; aunt Audrey Brueggemeier; his dog Ruger; and other relatives and friends.
His funeral service took place Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Hollywood Twp., New Germany with the Rev. Dean Mahlum officiating.
There was visitation Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Visitation continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Casket bearers were Brad Pawelk, Dale Gatz, Dean Brueggemeier, Neal Brueggemeier, Randy Stender, Gary Kubasch, Kary Butcher, and Kenny Johnson.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.