Edward Richard Kulick Jr., 55, of Wichita Falls, Texas, formerly of Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Edward was born in Towanda on Aug. 19, 1963, the son of Edward Richard Kulick Sr. and Suzanne H. Allen Kulick. Following graduation from Towanda Area High School in 1983, Edward began his 32-year career with the U.S. Airforce and following his retirement with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant in 2014, he served as civilian trainer and emergency management specialist at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, until the time of his passing.
Edward completed Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB in Texas and Security Forces Tec School at Camp Bullis, Texas, both in 1982; Airman Leadership School in Residence at Dover AFB, DE in 1986; Disaster Preparedness Specialist Phase 1&2 Courses at Lowry AFB, CO in 1988; Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Plotting School at Lowry AFB, CO in 1990; Joint Radiological Emergency Team Operations Course at Kirtland AFB, NM in 1995; Non- Commissioned Officers Leadership School at Tyndall AFB, FL in 2000; Senior Leadership Course at Robins AFB, GA in 2001; Senior Non Commissioned Officers Leadership School by correspondence in 200; Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Correspondence Course in 2010; USAF Operations Management Technical School at Sheppard AFB, TX in 2011; and received his associates degree in emergency management from the Community College of the Air Force in 2014.
Edward was promoted to the rank of Senior Airman in March 1984, Sergeant in March 1986, Staff Sergeant in January 1997, Technical Sergeant (PEP) in September 1991, Master Sergeant (PEP) in January of 2001 and Senior Master Sergeant in April 2010.
Edward was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device (5), Air Force Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with seven devices, National Defense Service Medal with one device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short, Air Force Longevity Service with six devices, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two “M” Devices, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle) and the Air Force Training Ribbon.
Edward was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys and was a collector of assorted memorabilia.
Edward is survived by his children, Patrick Kulick and fiancé Alisha of Towanda, Erica Shores and husband Rob of Litchfield, Jenna and Ethan Kulick both of New Jersey; grandchildren, Trinity and Aubree Kulick; his parents, Edward and Suzanne Kulick Sr. of Wysox; sister, Kim Kulick Fairchild of Lake Wesauking; brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Diane Kulick of Wysox; grandmother, Bernadean Sage; aunts, Suzanne Sullivan, Ulilla Costello, and Karen Sage; great aunt, Carmenia McHale; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Edward was predeceased by his grandfathers, Edward Kulick and John Allen; uncle, Richard Kulick; and cousin, Craig Sullivan.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave. Towanda, PA with Rev. Canon Maureen AtLee Hipple, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda with full military honors accorded.
The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 in memory of Edward Richard Kulick Jr.
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