On December 16, 2021 Bohdan Wsewolod Kulchyckyj passed away surrounded by his wife of over 63 years, Christine and family in their home in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. The son of Dmytro Kulchyckyj and Anna Bilinskyj, he was born in Lviv, Ukraine on May 16, 1930. Descended from the family von Gyt Kulchyckyj, his family was forced to flee their homeland of Ukraine to Salsburg, Austria before the start of WWII to escape Stalin's purges of Ukrainians in Halychyna.
The Kulchyckyj family lived in Salsburg during WWII and then emigrated to the United States. Upon arrival to the U.S., Bohdan immediately enlisted in the US Army and became a member of the Screaming Eagles. As he constantly reminded his boys, a man must always honor those who honor him, and there is no way to show that honor by offering your service as the ultimate sacrifice.
America gave the family Kulchyckyj their freedom, and in return, Bohdan honored that privilege by enlisting in the military in 1953.
Upon returning home from the Korean War, he earned the degree of a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1957. He married Christine Luznycky in August 1959 and together they started a family. Bohdan and Chrstine were stalwarts of the Ukrainian-American community in the Philadelphia area. They worked tirelessly and selflessly to create institutions and organizations for a new generation of Ukrainian-Americans. Bohdan believed in an independent Ukraine and one that had a strong army. Bohdan worked for most of his professional life for the US government. In his spare time, Bohdan was active with TYCM, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), he was a local soccer coach for boys in South Jersey, and a Ukrainian Saturday school teacher in the Philadelphia area.
What mattered most to Bohdan was family, honesty, and integrity. He worked arduously to instill those values into his three boys, who, along with their mother Christine, were the source of his strength until the very end. He is survived by his wife, Christine, his sons Dmytro Roman, Bohdan and Elizabeth, and Yaro and Marta, and 10 grandchildren, which he loved more than life itself. His values of honesty, integrity, and family now continue in the hearts and minds of Yarchyk, Hryko, Zenchyk, Marijzia, Bozhenka, Vika, Demyan, Darchyk, Lukash, and Anya, as Bohdan watches proudly alongside God in heaven. Vichna Jomy Pam'yat!
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Due to the ongoing pandemic, the immediate services will be private and a community Memorial Service is planned for 2022. Further information is forthcoming.
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