Joseph Paul Kudyba

December 4, 1938February 26, 2019

Joseph Paul Kudyba was born on December 4, 1938 in Manhattan, New York and passed away on February 26, 2019 in West Palm Beach Farms, Florida.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service with Military Honors Saturday, March 9, 2019

Joseph Paul Kudyba

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Debra Wren

March 1, 2019

The Kudyba family have been a part of my life since I was 11 years old. Joe was always teasing Lisa and I about cute boys, NFL football players in tight pants and the general awkwardness of growing up. As became adults and got married, he was always in the background, trying to make our experiences wonderful. He sent Lisa, Tommy, Scott and I to La Rivista restaurant in NYC, where we were treated like royalty just because we whispered Joe's name. I'd see him from time to time when I'd come for visits to West Palm. We swapped Jason with him one morning after returning from a Disney cruise, just sitting at McDonald's, happy to be there. He shared his favorite military reads with my husband. He shared his favorite wine with me. And he graciously shared his opinions.

Joe was a good man with a big heart, always looking for ways to make our world more special. What he didn't realize was that him being in our lives is what made it Magic.

It's hard to think of his body's departure, but his spirit will live within everyone he touched. I am thankful that he and his family gave me my best friend of over 36 years. I am thankful that Joe touched my life so deeply.

Much love to my second family.