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Obituary for John Thomas Kulseth

John Thomas Kulseth, 81, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away on 9/03/2018 in Crystal River, FL. Jack was born in Minneapolis on 12/14/1936 to Oscar and Annie (Eide) Kulseth, the youngest of 7 children. He attended South High School until joining the US Marine Corps at age 17. He served three years in the Marines, stationed at Iwakuni, Japan as a member of the 1st Marine Aircraft Division. After his discharge at the rank of Sergeant, he attended Worthington Community College on a football scholarship. Upon returning to Mpls, Jack spent a few years working at the Grain Belt Brewery before joining the Minneapolis Police Dept. in 1967. Here he found his calling in life and made many enduring friendships. After 10 years as a patrolman, Jack became a homicide detective. As such, he worked relentlessly to find justice for victims and their families. Jack’s compassion for the misfortunate and the mistreated marked his time as a police officer and his entire life. He never turned his back on a person with a problem, whether friend or stranger. After 20 years with the MPD, Jack became an investigator for the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office. He spent 10 years working with a great group of people before retiring for health reasons in 1998. In 1991, Jack met Kari Flodin at Chessen’s, who became the love of his life, and he of hers. They affirmed their romance through marriage on Nov 6, 2010. Jack was a lifelong athlete and sports lover. He was a star basketball player at South High, played football in the Marines and at Worthington, and for decades played for numerous city league baseball, softball and fastpitch teams. He was a die-hard Twins fan and a team security officer during the ‘80’s. One of his favorite memories was of being in the Twins’ dugout when they won the ‘87 World Series. Jack was also a huge music lover, in particular of Frank Sinatra. He knew the words to 1000’s of songs and was well known for his impromptu serenades. Jack had a wonderful, silly and wry sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh. But even more, he loved people who made him laugh. He was blessed to have such a huge circle of friends and family with whom to share so many good times and adventures. Jack was preceded in death by parents; siblings, Howard, Chuck, Tam, Marian, Ardelle Burns, and Bob; brother-in-law, Jerry Burns and sisters-in-law, Carol Kulseth and Delores Kulseth. He leaves his loving wife, Kari Flodin Kulseth; best pal and kitty, Daisy Doo; nephews & nieces Rick, Mike, John, Mitch and Kris Kulseth, Kathy (Kulseth) Day, Tom Hussman and Tammy Hussman. Memorial service at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH CHAPEL (1918 University Ave. NE) Saturday, Oct. 13th at 2 PM with visitation one hour prior. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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