Former New York State Police Senior Investigator Robert W. Kukla passed away on May 29, 2012, at 5:53 a.m. He was 76 years old.
A 22-year veteran of the state police, he started as a trooper in Troop L and advanced through the ranks of investigator, sergeant and senior investigator. Upon retirement, he had been special investigator for the county attorney’s office for 23 years.
Born July 27, 1935, in Riverhead, he was the son of Stanley and Helen (Laskowski) Kukla. He graduated from Riverhead High School, joined the U.S. Army for three years, serving two of them in Germany, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. Mr. Kukla received a B.S. in criminal law from the New York Institute of Technology.
He received numerous citations from the Superintendent of State Police, governor’s office, district attorney’s office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs.
He was a member of the Jamesport Fire Department for 54 years. He held many offices, including captain of Company No. 4, Fire and Police. He was a member of the Suffolk County Police Association, the American Association of State Police, the Association of Former New York State Troopers and New York State PBA.
He was predeceased by his son John Isadore, his mother and father, and his brothers, Lawrence and Edward.
Senior Investigator Kukla is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeanette; his daughters, Diane McCabe of Jamesport and Karen Walter of Rochester, N.H.; his sons Lawrence, of Westhampton, and Glen, of Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. Services and interment were at St. John’s R.C. Church and the church cemetery, both in Riverhead.
This is a paid notice.