Allan Jacob Kuker died in his home on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Denison, Iowa. He was 81 years old.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church-St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Kevin Richter. Music will be by Jane Heithoff. Lectors will be Allan’s grandchildren Tony Kuker, Zack Stence, Teddy Kuker and Gretchen Brodersen. Casket bearers will be Allan’s sons Jake Kuker, Mathias Kuker, D.J. Kuker and Kurt Kuker, son-in-law Nick Stence, and grandson Gunner Cornelius. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll. Those in attendance at the Mass will be required to wear a face covering and practice COVID-19 restrictions.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Those in attendance will be asked to abide by all COVID-19 restrictions, and masks are recommended.
There will be no public visitation prior to the Mass on Thursday morning.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Allan’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Allan Kuker was born on July 5, 1939, in Carroll, Iowa, number 8 of Mathias and Eleanor Kuker’s children. Allan graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll in 1957. After attending Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, he worked in construction in Nebraska and Montana, and was involved in constructing the Minute Man missiles. Allan stayed in Montana for several years, which was the setting for many of his best stories. Later, he returned to Carroll County and began farming.
In 1975 he married Margaret Wiegand in Amarillo, Texas. The Kukers made their home in Carroll County and began their family of seven children while continuing to grow their farming business. Allan remained active in the Carroll-area farming community until his death last week.
Allan loved spending time with his friends and family and had an avid interest in genealogy. He was a devoted father who enjoyed mentoring his children on farming and business, and later telling stories and sharing proverbial wisdom with his grandchildren, always with a twinkle of mischief in his eye. He was generous to a fault, and a welcoming host to any guest in his and Margaret’s home.
Mr. Kuker is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Nick Stence of Denver, Colorado, and their two children; son and daughter-in-law Jake and Cara Kuker of Onawa, Iowa, and their four children; son Mathias Kuker of Denison, Iowa; daughter Erika Brodersen of Lincoln, Nebraska, and her four children; son and daughter-in-law DJ and Larissa Kuker of Dow City, Iowa, and their two children; son Kurt Kuker of Lake Forest, California; daughter Heidi Kuker of Denver, Colorado; his brothers Morris Kuker and Robert Kuker; and his sisters Jacque Rattenborg, Lavonne Wernimont, Jolene Happe and Rilla Soetmilk.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mathias and Eleanor Kuker; his sister Lois Graham; and his brothers Evan, Marvin, Ronald, Richard and Thomas.