Leonard "Joe" Kula, 66, of La Crescenta, died Sunday at Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale after a nearly two-year battle from a stroke and complications of pneumonia.
Mr. Kula, who worked in construction as a carpenter for more than 40 years, was born in Genoa, NE., and grew up on a farm in nearby Silver Creek. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968 and settled in Sunland-Tujunga after his honorable discharge.
He was a member of American Legion Post 377 and was actively involved in Elks Lodge No. 2098. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and cribbage with family and friends, and watching sports of all kinds, especially auto racing.