West Coast Ragtime Society

Lynn Kuk

November 19, 1939 - April 26, 2015

We were all saddened to hear the news of Lynn Kukís passing on April 26, 2015. Lynn , along with his wife Linda, was a stalwart of the Sacramento Trad Jazz Society for many years, volunteering to eventually run some venues during the annual Jazz Festival, and then they turned to the West Coast Ragtime Festival where they've volunteered for another many years of excellent service managing and training volunteers and serving on the Board of Directors. Lynnís wisdom, people skills, balanced perspective, steadiness of character, and readiness to help have played a significant part of the many successful years of the West Coast Ragtime Festival. During the festival last year Lynn  and his wife Linda were honored by the WCRS with a special award for their years of outstanding service. He was a very reliable figure in our Sacramento Ragtime family and  his many friends will miss him dearly.
Bub Sullivan, president, BOD, West Coast Ragtime Society

2005 West Coast Ragtime Society Board of Directors
Lynn Kuk (third from left) served on the BOD more than once, including this year, 2015.

Lynn Russell Kuk

KUK, Lynn Russell Born November 19, 1939 in Beulah, North Dakota, to parents Otto and Emma Kuk. Lynn went to his Heavenly Home on April 26. 2015. Lynn was the youngest of 8 children born into a farming family. After relocating to Sacramento California, Lynn proudly served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Lynn served an apprenticeship and became a skilled painter, working for Skalisky Painting and later as a painter in the maintenance department of the Sacramento City Unified School District where he had a 28 year career, retiring as Foreman of the Painting Department, in 2001. Lynn is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, and daughters Jessica Stiles (Kevin), and Rebecca Graham (Todd) and was Papa to his 3 granddaughters Hannah, Holland, and Danni. Lynn adored his girls! Lynn is also survived by his sister LaRue Wolf of North Highlands and brother Otto Kuk Jr. of Spokane, WA and many nieces and nephews. A 53 year member of Zion Lutheran Church in North Highlands, Lynn was a man of great faith and served in many capacities in the church over the years. A viewing will be held at 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane. A memorial service will take place on Monday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 3644 Bolivar Avenue (just east of Watt Avenue) in North Highlands. Remembrances in honor of the life of Lynn Kuk may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church building fund.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 1, 2015