OBITUARY

David John Cuculic

March 17, 1962June 17, 2021
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COLUMBIA David J Cuculic, 59, of Columbia, S.C. passed peacefully Thursday, June 17, 2021. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, he was the son of the late John and Violet Zamper Cuculic. He graduated from Highland HS, Highland Indiana in 1981, Purdue University with a degree in Engineering in 1985, and worked a long career with Ecolab (formerly known as Nalco) until his retirement in 2020. He was a devoted husband and father whose passion was to hunt with his friends and family. Surviving are his wife, Deanna “Dee” Cuculic; sons, David and John; sisters, Laura Mathews, Joanne Sprinkle, and Joyce Gardner (Robert); and cousin, John Tadey (Mary). A memorial service for David John Cuculic will be hosted from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday June 25, 2021 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel. No other services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, 200 Center Point Circle, # 100, Columbia, SC 29210. This would be appreciated by the family. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

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tim fry

June 25, 2021

I will miss hunting with my friend. I always needed him to help with the big deer we killed. I hope that he will continue hunting until I can join him again. maybe that big one will walk by. hunt well and often my friend.

Patrick Bowles Raya & Beckett

June 24, 2021

We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Cuculic family. Despite great sadness we honor his light as the man, the myth, and the legend of David John Cuculic. He was good, honest, and professional - a perfect gentleman. His energy and humor could warm any room, and in Dave’s presence there was plenty of stories and laughter. He was smart, delivered results, and had a knack for befriending everyone who crossed his path with his charismatic charm. While that defines some of who he was, what remains is his legacy of investing in the people around him. Whether it was his family, friends, or work associates, Dave took personal interest in the well being and development of others. This was his true magic, and the reason he was so loved. He lives on in the many people whose resulting perspectives and accomplishments will continue Dave’s contributions to this world. Mentor, father, inspiring hero. . . we thank you and celebrate you Dave.

Bruce Beilfuss

June 23, 2021

My sympathies to all of David's family. I have many many fond childhood memories - from 1st grade through college. There was a point in our lives where we were truly inseparable. I am so sad to hear of his passing.
God Bless
Bruce Beilfuss

Patricia Adams

June 23, 2021

I am so grateful to have worked with Dave at Nalco. Dave was someone who listened and gave wise advise. I looked forward to the days he would be in Naperville because I knew I'd see that smile and get a chance to catch up. When he asked how my son was doing, I knew he really cared. It wasn't just conversation for Dave and that touched my heart. His love for his family was ever-present in these conversations as well.

I am so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and are in my prayers.

Joey Mitchell

June 23, 2021

Dave will truly be missed. I've known Dave for years being his UPS driver. I'm deeply saddened by his loss. Dave and I spent many of times joking around with one another. He would jokingly give me a hard time and I would give it back. We had many good convos over the years.

Donna Cookson

June 23, 2021

Dee, thank you for sharing your memories with us. I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Jeanette Spencer

June 23, 2021

My heart is full of mixed emotions. To Dee, David, John , Dave's sisters and other family members, me deepest condolences. I'm saddened for your loss. Dave was an amazing person in so many ways. Dave became my manager back in 2012. As a coach and mentor, none did it better. He was genuine, caring and did the right thing! He'd always say "J, Rome wasn't built in a day." I remind myself of that often in work and my personal life. It's a great reminder and something simple that I will always coin from him. Over the years, we formed a friendship. To this day, I can't eat a turkey sandwich without thinking of Dave. If he was in Naperville for work, you knew what lunch line to find him in (no need for him to order, they already knew what he was after). If he was working at home, you knew when not to call, because he was in the kitchen making his sandwich. Dave was quite the story teller. I looked forward to getting the latest on the boys. What was "deconstructed" in the garage, the latest finds from some weird warehouse, somebody fixing up a drone and flying it around, installing security cameras, possums in the pool, who knows what animal was being trapped and then nursed back because it was a baby, hunting and fishing stories, some cool firepit the boys got him, the list goes on and brings a smile to my face. He loved spending time with his boys. I have two sons of my own and he always told me how important it was/is to make memories with them, because time goes by too fast (he's right). He admired Dee for her patience. We joked about them driving an 18 wheeler around in retirement (I'm sure it had something to do with freight rates and what carriers were making)! There was no denying his family was EVERYTHING to him. If you were fortunate to "know" Dave, you know we lost someone amazing, and way too early! I know he fought with everything in him for as long as he could. I'll miss our checkins 'ole buddy! Until we meet again.

Katie Wanek

June 22, 2021

Our hearts and prayers go out to the whole Cuculic family during this difficult time. Dave was a mentor and friend to everyone he worked with, and he always had a smile on his face and a story to share. I only worked with Dave for about a year, but he was one of my favorite visitors. Anytime he came to the office, I knew we would have a day full of laughs and joy. He spoke frequently about his family, and his love for them was evident in everything that he did. He will be incredibly, incredibly missed. May Dave Rest In Peace.

Kenneth Cygan

June 22, 2021

My heart goes out to Dee and the boys. I can honestly say that Dave was one of the best hiring decisions I ever made. He was a genuine friend. He was trustworthy, hardworking and skilled. More importantly he always conducted himself with great integrity and ethics. He is a man to be admired and remembered with sincere affection for his friendship.

Rasmani Mondal

June 22, 2021

I am shocked and very sad after knowing this. Dave was my manager for 18 months ( 2018- 2020) until he retired. He was such a good and supportive manager that i can never forget. He believed in me more than i believed in myself and had always encouraged me to take up bigger responsibilities. I wish i could have got opportunity to work under his leadership for more time. In 2019, in one of our team meetings he mentioned that we would have a team meeting in 2020 so that we all could meet face to face. But that did not happen and i did not get a chance to meet him. I was sad when he suddenly retired in 2020 and today I am very sad to know that he is no more. May his soul RIP and may God give strength to his family to overcome this loss.

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