Kenneth R. Kulick, 84, Stevens Point, a former University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) coach and recruiter and a sports commentator on radio, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at St. Anne’s Providence Court in Milwaukee.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the Mass.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Convent/Newman Parish in Stevens Point Saturday, with the Rev. Dennis Stanchik officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery in Stevens Point.
Visitation will be at the convent in Stevens Point in Stevens Point from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the Mass.
Memorials in his name may be given to the UWSP Athletic Foundation or St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus for the purpose of the employee education fund.
Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home of Stevens Point assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Kulick was born Jan. 12, 1928, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Bernard and Fern (Hansen) Kulick. He attended St. Peter Catholic Church Grade School, P.J. Jacobs High School and State Teachers College (now UWSP) where he was a running back for the football team, and obtained a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in 1972.
He entered the U.S. Navy on June 11, 1945, in Milwaukee, and was honorably discharged on July 8, 1946. He received the American Theatre Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon.
He was married to Helen Olson on June 21, 1952, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point. She died on Aug. 8, 2005.
He taught school in the Milwaukee area. At A.G. Bell Junior High he volunteered to create a special class for 15 “potential disruptive students” and was the first to develop this concept in English, math and science for students having difficulty in school. This Adjustment Center earned federal funding and became the model for Milwaukee and other Wisconsin schools.
He officiated football and basketball games. His career spanned officiating for WIAA high school games, college and pro games. He officiated Big Ten basketball for seven years.
He and his wife returned to Stevens Point in 1977 where he was a UWSP assistant football coach and a recruiter. He worked for many years in the Admissions office at UWSP, aiding incoming freshman and preparing them for college life. He was head baseball coach at UWSP from 1979 to 1982.