Bay City, MI – In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the Bay City community is grieving the loss of a bright young soul, Landin James Kukla, who tragically passed away on Saturday, September 9th, at the tender age of 15. Born on August 4th, 2008, Landin’s infectious personality and zest for life left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to know him.
Landin was known for his warm and welcoming nature; he had an extraordinary ability to forge connections with everyone he met. His quick wit and knack for humor could effortlessly bring a smile to anyone’s face. Landin’s departure has left a profound void in the hearts of all who cherished him.
A loving son, brother, uncle, and friend, Landin’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of his family. He is survived and deeply loved by his mother and step-father, Laura and Greg Richard, and his father, Donald Kukla. His siblings, Ashley (Ryder) Step, Haley (David) Mowbray, Lyssa Kukla, Clarity Richard, and Jacey Pomaville, along with step-sister Karah (Chris) Brandimore, will forever hold Landin dear in their hearts. Tragically, Landin was preceded in death by his step-brother, Jeremiah Richard. He cherished his role as an uncle to nephews Macade Step and Benjamin Brandimore, as well as nieces Clara Step, Lily Mowbray, Lola, and Mieka Brandimore. Landin was deeply connected to his extended family, including his grandmother, Minnie Varney, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Landin, a student at Bay City Western High School, was not only known for his academic pursuits but also his passion for equestrian riding. He had a tight-knit circle of friends who admired his unwavering loyalty and will undoubtedly feel his absence profoundly.
Adventure was Landin’s constant companion, as he embraced the great outdoors with enthusiasm. Whether he was hunting, fishing, or riding horses, his boundless energy often resulted in some delightful chaos. Landin was a self-proclaimed handyman who took pride in attempting to “fix” just about anything, even if his solutions were temporary. His signature cowboy boots, which always carried the trace of his adventures, were a testament to his adventurous spirit. What his family and friends cherished most about him was the unbridled joy he brought to every situation. Landin’s unwavering commitment to defending those around him endeared him to a close-knit group of friends who loved him dearly.
Afternoons were spent in the barn, where he found solace with his beloved horses, Junior and Ember, while also staying committed to his fitness routine. As a dedicated member of Midland County 4-H, animals played an integral role in his life, from caring for his horses and goats to sharing a special bond with his loyal canine companion, Dexter, who was more of a brother than a pet.
For those who wish to pay their respects, a visitation will be held at Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home in Auburn, MI, on Wednesday, September 13th, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The funeral service will take place at Auburn United Methodist Church on Thursday, September 14th, at 10:00 am, followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the family or at the funeral home will be directed towards Bay City Public Schools for Suicide Prevention Education.
The community mourns the loss of Landin James Kukla, a young soul whose light will continue to shine in the hearts of all who knew him.