Kenneth Lawrence Stula, 88, of Athens, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
Born in Colchester, CT, to Ferdinand and Irene Melnyk Stula, Ken was raised in Colchester and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Loyola University. He practiced pharmacy for several years before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. While serving in Korea, he received his black belt in judo and continued practicing and teaching for many years. After the war, he moved to Athens, Georgia, and received his law degree from the University of Georgia. He practiced law in the Athens area for fifty years. He was the State Court Solicitor for the Western Judicial Circuit from 1970-1990, past president of the State Bar Association, and a member of the Fresh Sign Hunting Club. He was also a member of the Roman Catholic Church and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish and the University of Georgia Catholic Center.
Along with his parents, Ken was preceded in death by eight of his nine siblings: John Stula, Michael Stula, Bruno Stula, Eddie Stula, Fred Stula, George Stula, Alice Hardy, and Sr. Helen Stula.
Ken is survived by his wife of sixty years, Joy Von Edwins Stula; their three daughters: Page (Terry) Stula-Posey, Kimberly Joy Stula, and A. Dawn (Joe Brutzman) Stula; four beloved grandchildren: Kenneth Nicholas Posey, Helen Joy Posey, A.J. Stula Brutzman, and Ava Stula Brutzman; sister, Fran Zawacki; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, November 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the UGA Catholic Center. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 29, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Lord and Stephens, East Chapel. Following the funeral mass, there will be a reception at the UGA Catholic Center fellowship hall. A graveside committal service will be on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Athens Memory Gardens following the reception.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, EAST, Athens, GA, is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com
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