October 18, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
October 18, 2019
- 7:00 PM
October 19, 2019
- 10:00 AM
James “Jim” Dulka, born August 26th, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Wallace and Rose (Verhalen) Dulka, passed peacefully on October 15th, 2019 under Hospice care at Villa Maria Nursing Home.
He grew up on a farm near Waukesha, Wisconsin, and after graduating from Mukwonago High School, Jim joined the Air Force and was on active duty during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Jim joined IBM and saw the office technology landscape change from time clocks and typewriters to desktop computers. In 1975, Jim moved the family from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Oklee, Minnesota, to live out his dream of living on a hobby farm. He was an active member of the community and the Catholic church. Jim continued to work for IBM and on his hobby farm until 1987. Upon retirement from IBM, Jim started his own computer service company and continued to take care of businesses in northern Minnesota until fully retiring in 1998. Jim was a creative genius and ultimate do-it-yourselfer. He converted more than a few garages into living spaces and did his fair share of remodeling projects.
In 1959, he married the love of his life Kathleen “Kathy” Gunkel. Together, they raised 7 children, Matt (Kelly) Dulka of Hayward, CA, John (Laura) Dulka of St. Augustine, FL, Rick (Jan) Dulka of Trail, MN, Jeanne (Jon) Lindquist of Moorhead, MN, TJ (Karin) Dulka of Minneapolis, MN, Andy (Deb) Dulka of Eden Prairie, MN, Jimmy (Jackie) Dulka of Fargo, ND, 20 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
In 2019, despite Jim’s health struggles, they celebrated 60 years of marriage surrounded by family. One of Jim’s greatest pleasures was spending time with his family.
Jim is survived by a sister, Ann Kernien of Waukesha, WI.
Jim is preceded in death by two brothers, John “Jack” Dulka, Thomas “Tom” Dulka; a sister, Marilyn Bergman and parents, Wallace and Rose Dulka.
Visitation is from 5 pm-7 pm with prayer service at 7 pm on Friday, October 18th, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Fargo, ND. The Funeral Mass is at 10 am, Saturday, October 19th, 2019, also at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Fargo, ND.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley and the Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN.