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Allen Cuka was born on Friday, September 13, 1940 at Yankton, South Dakota to Emil and Rose (Paul) Cuka. He graduated from Tyndall High School in 1958. Allen was united in marriage to MaryAnn Bares on June 26, 1965 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall.
The four touchstones in Allen’s life were faith, family, farming, and friends. He was a faithful member of St. Leo Catholic Church and also served as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Workmen.
Allen was a devoted family man. He served as a 4-H leader when his children were young, and enjoyed watching his children and later his grandchildren participate in 4-H and sports.
Farming was a part of Allen's entire life and he farmed five and a half miles east of Tyndall for over fifty years. He liked traveling the farm on his 4-wheeler to check on things and was a proud John Deere machinery owner. He enjoyed going to cattle sales and proudly served on the Co-op board for over 20 years. Allen's animals were important to him and he especially enjoyed his dog, Penny, and his cat, Julius.
Sports provided much entertainment in Allen's life. In his younger years, he played high school football and softball for the Tabor Jets. He was a fan of the Tabor Bluebirds, Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Yankees. His passion, however, was high school football, having missed only three home games since 1954.
He was proud of his Czech heritage and enjoyed speaking Czech with his friends. He never missed a Czech Days celebration in Tabor.
Allen savored the simple things that brought richness to his life: a good tomato beer from a quart jar, the many Sunday afternoon drives that ended with ice cream, hunting and fishing in the outdoors, and sharing coffee with his friends at the Corral.
Allen passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton at the age of 72 years, 1 month and 18 days.
Allen’s memory will be cherished by his wife, MaryAnn of Tyndall; three children: Ann (Dana) Brentlinger of Rapid City, John (Nancy) Cuka of Tyndall and Jill (Ben) Kotalik of Tabor; eleven grandchildren: Noah, Josh, Aubrie, Zachary, Hannah, Jacob, Caleb, Baby Cuka, ReAnna, Brock, and Joslyn; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Margaret Bares and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Cuka and Mildred (Becvar) Herman, all of Tyndall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Rose Cuka, and his brother, Romaine Cuka.
Just heard of Allen's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. It was always good to see Allen at Mass when we were in Tyndall. His smile and friendly hello always made me feel at "home". May happy memories comfort you.
Kay Peschl Hayden Dec 14 2012 6:33 PM
I am so sorry to hear about Allen passing. We were good friends when we were in high school. Romaine and I was in the same grade. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Harold Colgan Nov 8 2012 1:53 PM
MaryAnn: Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Keep your memories close.
Rachel Dunn Cure Nov 6 2012 9:01 AM
My condolences to the family of Allen Cuka. Sorry to hear of your lost. He's takin the next step in this journey. He will always be with you where ever you go. God Bless. Take it one day at a time.
Timothy Kostal Nov 5 2012 6:58 PM
Nancy,John and family. I was sorry to read of Allens passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Carole & Mike Storgaard
Carole & Mike Storgaard Nov 3 2012 5:34 PM
So sorry to read of your loss, Mary Ann and family. So glad I got to see you and Allen just a few weeks ago. My sincere condolences.
Lois Zimmerman Varvel Nov 3 2012 5:08 PM
Our thoughts and prayers to Allen's family. May he rest in peace. Know that he will always be with you watching over you and some day you may be reunited. He will be greatly missed.
Dean Kaul Family Nov 2 2012 9:38 PM
Allen Cuka family, Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Your memories will carry you through this difficult time and knowing he is at peace. They are in our hearts forever. I have had the pleasure of waiting on Allen for almost 21 years at the FSA office and he was a very kind producer. He will be greatly missed. Nina Reiff
Nina Reiff & family Nov 2 2012 5:36 AM
Our deepest sympathy to the Mary Ann and the Allen Cuka family. Our thoughts are with you during this time of grieving.
Ken and Anne Paul Nov 1 2012 7:44 PM
Cuka family, So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers! Let us know if we can help in any way. Blessings, Joan, Drake, Logan & Adam Mohr
The Mohr family Nov 1 2012 3:50 PM