Lansing, NY

On Tuesday, April 25, Louis Mikula, Jr. unexpectedly went to be with the Lord, at the age of 86.  We had hopes of him returning home.

Born May 10, 1930, in Ithaca, Jr. was a son of the late Louis E. Mikula, Sr. and Anna Farkas Mikula. In addition to his parents, Jr. was predeceased by his brother, Vincent Mikula.

He was a member of the Lansing Rod and Gun Club, American Legion Post 221, and a former member of the Ithaca Musician's Union.

Jr. grew up during the Depression and didn’t have much.  When he got drafted into the Army, he sure was a happy guy; three squares a day, clean clothes and a bed to sleep in; he was in heaven.  In the Army he attended heavy equipment school, where he learned how to drive and work on pay loaders and bulldozers.

When his company was to be shipped to Korea, he became very sick and had to have a kidney removed.  Jr. always thought maybe this saved his life.  After getting an honorable discharge, he had various jobs, ultimately retiring from  Tompkins County Hospital, where he worked as a painter and then head mechanic in the garage. Jr. loved working on everything from trucks, cars, lawnmowers, and anything that ran.  He was also a self- taught musician, played lead guitar and piano in many bands, first with the Boogie Masters and then at bars, weddings and parties.  His idol was Chet Atkins.  Even though he only completed 6 yrs. of school, he was smarter than some college grads.  He mastered everything he did and gave it his best.  Jr. also loved being outdoors, enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a great love for animals, especially his dogs.

Jr. married Charlotte Rasch and had four children;  sons, Lou Mikula III (Jean) of Groton, Jeffrey Mikula (Kim) of S. Otselic; daughters, Deb Chaffee (Albert) of Lansing,  Marianne Rockhill (Chuck Graham) of Lansing; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren

Later Jr. married his present wife, Carolyn Burin Mikula, who had four previous daughters;  Bambi Kershaw (Mark) of Spring, TX,  Denise Sloan of Magnolia, TX,  Penny Burin of Lansing and Roseanne Burin (deceased); grandchildren, Shauna Hamilton, Jim Stark,  Ashlie, Alexie Hamilton and Allana Norton; and his faithful little dog, Squirt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St Judes Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.

Family will be present to receive friends from 4-6pm, Monday, May 1st at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY.  A memorial service, officiated by Rev. Matthew Binkewicz, will begin at 6pm, followed by Military Honors.