Rodger Kulm

Rodger Kulm


May 7, 1950 - December 3, 2021


Rodger Kulm, 71, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, December 3, 2021, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 18, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Rodger Alexander Kulm was born May 7, 1950, to Alvin Kulm and Loraine (Kuehl). Rodger grew up on a farm outside of Akaska, SD. He moved to Mitchell, SD after graduating from Selby High School in 1968. In Mitchell, he attended Mitchell Vocational Technical School for auto repair.

On June 5, 1971, Rodger was united in marriage to Ila Preheim.

Rodger worked at Rozum’s and the D-X Station. He later worked at Trail King where he remained most of his career. He was able to travel the country and to Mexico on business while working for Trail King. While working at Trail King, he also co-owned Kulm Trucking with his wife, Ila. Later on while care-taking of Ila, Rodger started up a small engine repair business.

Rodger was a car enthusiast. He enjoyed working on cars with friends in each other’s garages. He also enjoyed racing cars, along with building multiple 4-cylinder race cars that ran out at Roll-N-Wheel Raceway. Rodger had a sweet tooth, and enjoyed getting an ice cream treat with his grandkids. He loved spending time with his little dog, Sassy.

Rodger was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for many years with the Mitchell Fire Department. He was also a long-time member of the Moose Lodge in Mitchell, and even served as Chapter President.

Rodger is survived by his sons, Bryan (Jennifer) of Annandale, MN, and Carl (Leasa) of Pipestone, MN; mother, Loraine House of Bismarck, ND; grandchildren, Parker and Jillian Kulm of Annandale, MN, and Caden and Brielle Kulm of Pipestone, MN; and siblings, Ralph (Pat) Kulm of Selby, SD, Kathy Seidel of Bismack, ND, Kim (Terry) Sjomeling of Pollock, SD, and Mike House of Bismack, ND.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ila, and father, Alvin.



Saturday, December 18, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, December 18, 2021
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Jeff and Linda Logan on December 15, 2021
Our prayers are with you Bryan and the rest of the Kulm family at this time. Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He and Ila were always so supportive of you and the family.. We will all cherish their memories.
Posted by Tom Pollreisz on December 12, 2021
Truly one of the GOOD guys, Rodger will be missed by many of us, R.I.P. my friend
Posted by Aaron, Anita, Kennedy, and Olivia Schuh on December 12, 2021
We are with you in your time of loss. Our family enjoyed the great honor of the Kulm family taking us almost as one of their own. So much of my youth was spent with you, Bryan and Carl, and influenced by Rodger and Ila. We are thinking of you, and all of Rodger's loved ones, in this time of sorrow. We do take solace knowing Rodger is reunited with his love Ila and together they will always be with you and your families.
Posted by Ken Badker on December 10, 2021
You will be missed bud
Posted by Ken badket on December 10, 2021
You will be missed deeply . Till we meet again.
Posted by Patti Wessel on December 8, 2021
Bryan and Carl, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Hopefully it brings you comfort that he and your Mom are together again.
Posted by Lynnette Schilling on December 8, 2021
RIP Rodger! My thoughts go out to the boys and their families at this time.
Posted by Jake and Bobbie Prickett on December 7, 2021
We're going to miss Rodger. He was a great guy
Posted by Dorene Hoffie on December 7, 2021
So sad to hear that Rodger passed away. My sympathy sent to Bryan, Karl and your families. He was such a good friend to so many people and will be deeply missed.
Posted by Larry Moeller on December 7, 2021
I well miss you old buddy
Posted by Pam Catalano on December 7, 2021
My condolences to the Kulm family. He will be missed by many.
Posted by Michelle Payne on December 7, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Rodgers’ passing; he was one of the good ones! Thoughts & prayers extended to you & your families.
Posted by Kathy Haack on December 5, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Kulm family! Rodger was a good friend and coworker of my husband at Trail King!
Posted by Stan ruff on December 5, 2021
Sorry for your loss prayers for the family 🙏
Posted by Wayne Kulm on December 4, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the family
Posted by Jeannette & Arden. Nick, Marti & Palmer Lemke on December 4, 2021
Deepest Condolences to Carl and Bryan and the rest of the family. Rodger will be missed but now he is with his life partner Ila, who we have also missed a lot. Love from the Lemke’s ♥️♥️🙏🙏
Posted by Jeanette & Don Jones on December 4, 2021
Going to miss Rodger...Now he and his wife can be together. I know he missed her greatly.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on December 4, 2021
I'm going to miss seeing Ole Rodger at the Moose. We sure had great times working at Trail King back in the day. He missed his wife I'll so very much. I'm glad they are together again. Bryan and Karl, my Deepest Condolences to you
Posted by Wes Pierson on December 4, 2021
Rodger was a great man. I will miss him.
Posted by Julie Lemke on December 3, 2021
Rodger you will be miss by many people. I love hearing all the story's. My daily routine is not going to be the same.
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