Robert Kukura

December 18th, 1965February 9th, 2017

Robert Joe “Rob or Robbie” Kukura passed away February 9th, 2017 in Colorado from an unfortunate accident. Rob was born in Casper, Wyoming on Dec 18th, 1965. He was primarily raised by his mom, but also spent summers with his father in Idaho.  He also enjoyed spending time with both grandparents. He spent many summers going camping with Grandma Jane & Grandpa Hub. Rob loved the outdoors and playing sports as well. He played football through junior high, played baseball through high school. He also began skiing when he was 5, which led him to racing on the Casper Mountain Ski Team and even skiing in the Junior Olympics.

After high school, Rob moved to Tucson, Az. and began a career in the restaurant business. He traveled to California to further his career, where he married Kelly, the love of his life, and the two  began an amazing family. They moved to Colorado to be closer to home and spent the next 18 plus years running the Mediterranean restaurant in Boulder, raising their 2 boys and creating a family that also included many friends and colleagues. Finally, Rob & Kelly left the Mediterranean restaurant to open their own restaurant, 95a bistro & sushi, forming many more friendships that also became family.

Rob was known for his huge smile, big hugs, his laugh, his jokes, his goofiness, and his one-liners, or “Robisms”. He was incredibly generous host, and he always took care of everyone around him, making sure that family, friends, co-workers and guests always came first. He loved watching his boys play sports- especially lacrosse. He enjoyed going to Casper to go boating, traveling where ever a plane would take him, mowing his lawn, music –talking about the albums from his favorite bands, playing golf with his family, rounding everyone up by saying “let’s go smack little whitie around!”

Rob was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Jane “Skip” Kukura, father Larry Lee Kukura, grandparents Joe & June Kukura and Myron & Jane Hubley, aunt Susie Spencer, aunt Alice Hubley. 

He is survived by his wife Kelly Kukura, son Brodi Kukura, son Beau Kukura and his wife Bethany Kukura, grandson Braxton Kukura, granddaughter Berklee Kukura, brother Rick Kukura and wife Kim Kukura, nieces Shelby Kukura, Lynsee Patik, Christina & Nia Garner, Marika & Neva Garner, Lily Fay, and nephew James Schulte.

Rob never met a stranger, and all who knew him were lucky to do so. Even though his family and friends will miss him, he’s leaving behind lots of great memories and legacy of love.

Services

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, February 26, at 4:00 PM,  at the 95A Bistro & Sushi restaurant in Lafayette, Colorado.

Cemetery

None

Location

95a Bistro and Sushi | Map

Church

None

Condolences

Dear Rob, our little neighbor and friend on Walnut St. in Casper, Wyo, during the 70's and 80's. His buddy Eric has been crying for 2 days. Our hearts are broken. The Herbert family, Hickory, NC
Rob, you made us feel welcome and at home with great food and whitty conversation. You and your family made it possible for us to have a home for all bridge players. Even if you would not learn to play the game so we would have a sub available. You will be missed.But you will remain in our hearts. Cindy, George and the Bridge Ladies
Rob was a one of a kind person. Always had a smile on his face and an unforgettable laugh. I am honored to have known him and worked with him for 20+ years. My sincere condolences to Kelly and the family.
My deepest heartfelt sympathies to Kelly, Beau, Brody, and the whole family and staff at 95a at Rob's tragic and early passing. He will be greatly missed as he was one of those special people that always made you feel welcome. He and Kelly and family have made real the lyrics in the theme to Cheers, you want to be where everybody knows your name and they are always glad you came. I used to say that the restaurant I have been to more than any other since living in Boulder since early 90s was The Med, but it has been 95a for awhile, and both were part of Rob's doing...excellent with hospitality and an all around good guy. I'm so sorry for your giant loss. -Diane LaFavor
We are all so saddened at the sudden and tragic passing of Rob. He was a funny, warm, and very caring human who shared himself beautifully with his friends and community. We will continue to frequent the family business, 95A Bistro and know that he will be there in spirit, welcoming guests with his boyish smile and genuine enthusiasm for life. See you at the corner, Rob. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Kukura family.
Rob, I got to know you when our boys were playing lacrosse in high school, then you and Kelly opened 95a, and it is so wonderful! I am reeling at the news of your passing. My heart and thoughts are with the Kukura family!
My deepest sympathies to all of you. Rob was an extremely special person and worked so hard to make everyone have a memorable experience at 95A and in all other aspects of life. We are so saddened and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I want to thank you for giving both of my kids Juliet and Liam a chance to work at your restaurant. They learned so much about life and hard work and were able to earn some money. Thanks from the countless families who had the same experience. Rob will be missed but we will continue to support your amazing restaurant. Love Cathy, Dave, Siena, Juliet and Liam
Phil & I were shocked and saddened to hear of Robs accident and passing. He was always a welcoming figure for us at 95a and when my parents moved to Colorado, it became a home away from home for him. His sense of humor and graciousness were a happy sign each time we saw him. Bless him and his family.
Dear Kukura Family - we are so saddened by Rob's accident and sudden passing. We met thru Boulder High Lacrosse - and were so grateful for your generosity, energy and kindness to the community. Your fun-loving spirit and selflessness, will always be remembered! Our condolences - The Jacobs Family (Grant, Leyla, Bryant, Brandon)
Kelly, Beau, and Brodi, Rob had a huge heart and was so very generous to everyone he came into contact with. His laugh and smile will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts! Love, Colleen Mc
Rob, you are truly one of the finest people I've ever known. Although I didn't know you as well as many others knew you, I always had the utmost honor and respect for you. You were always kind, loving and friendly every time I saw you. You managed the Med and then went on to build such a successful restaurant, 95a. You gave my son, Ben a chance when he needed it desperately. And because of you he has gone on to be successful himself in life and in the restaurant business. You will be truly missed my friend. I am honored that I was able to know you. I know God has a special place for people like you. Tony Smith, Boulder, Colorado
It is said that "When one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated." Our local community here in Lafayette, in some respects, is our world. Rob was one person we came to know and love here. Undeniably, our world is emptier without him, but it is also strengthened by his memory. A good man, with a kind hart, big smile, and a loving family leaves a legacy that is something to admire. Godspeed Rob in your next journey! Rest easy, we will watch over your family.
Dear Kukura Family, Heartfelt condolences for this tragic lose. I wish that there was something we could say that could somehow help, but there's not. Rob will be missed but we know his Spirit lives on in his beautiful family. And we love you you very much. Much love to the Kukura family. From the Schwab Family
Kelly, Beau, Brody and family, We are so sorry to hear of Rob's untimely and very sad death. We experienced your family's warmth and generosity and love of life through the BHS lacrosse team. Rob was such a bright life, and has left such an amazing family. He leaves a wonderful legacy. We're thankful you have a loving community to support you, and we add our love to help you through. Lynn Guissinger, Griffin and Cooper Bohm
We are so very sorry about the loss of Rob. He was always so welcoming at 95A, and it won't be the same without seeing his big smile. Years ago, we spotted a picture on the wall of 95A that we were interested in, but was not for sale. We mentioned this to Rob, and he contacted the artist, who said it would be okay to sell. Rob made it happen. We have it hanging in our home, and we will think of Rob when we look at it. This is such a difficult time for the family, and please know that we are sending you love and holding you in our hearts during this time. May you find moments of peace to help get you through the loss of your beloved Rob. Love, John and Shelley Bernhard
We are so sorry to hear about Rob's passing. We have so many fun memories of our years on Cherrywood Street with you guys! Rob's ability to find the good in people and the fun in each day stays with us still. We are so thankful to have crossed paths with you all! We will never forget his huge heart and generous spirit. So much love to you all from Kellie, Brad, Alex, and Evan Newhouse.
Kukura family, We will always remember Rob for his dedication to BHS Lacrosse and especially his positive impact on the kids. Our hearts are with you. The Doenlen family.
My wife and I met Rob on the first day that the Med Restaurant opened in Boulder, and we are frequent patrons of 95A. Even though Rob didn't know us, he always greeted us as if we were good friends. His passing is a true tragedy and we pray that his family will be sustained and strengthened by what a dear person he was.
Kelly, Beau & Brodie - we were shocked to hear of Rob's passing. We will remember him (and you Kelly) as the guiding lights for BHS Lacrosse. We were always so touched by your dedication and time spent in bettering the team. Rob also gave our son Peter a chance at his first job while at the Med where we were always greeted with his warm, infectious smile. And no matter how busy he was he took the time to catch up and was always interested in what was happening in our lives. He was a rare person in the world and our community will miss him. We are so grateful to have known him. We deeply share in your sadness. Anne, Henry & Peter Beer
My sincere condolences to the Kukura family--I was stunned to learn of Rob's sudden and premature passing. Rob's generosity has been very much appreciated by all of us in the Lafayette arts community. He has helped with events for ARTS!Lafayette, the City of Lafayette Public Art Committee, and the Lafayette Cultural Affairs Commission. Rob was a good man who will be missed by all of us. Pamela Sherrick
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