Michael John Kudla, 34, of Columbus, passed away suddenly Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born March 8, 1984 in Cleveland, to Paul and Mary Fran (nee Nowak) Kudla.
Mike was a proud 2002 graduate of Highland High School, an honor student and four year letter winner. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University and a member of the 2002 National Championship team under Jim Tressel. He was a two time Big Ten Champion, First Team All-Big Ten and 2005 Team Defensive MVP. He retired from the NFL in 2007.
He was Owner and CEO of Coreplex Enterprises, a real estate developer of medical and other facilities. Formerly, the Managing Director of Development for the Fisher College of Business. Mike enjoyed music, food and movies. He particularly enjoyed lifting weights, making people laugh and watching sports. Mike especially enjoyed his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.
He is survived by the longtime love of his life, Jaclyn DiPerna; parents, Paul and Mary Fran; brothers, Brian (Lisa) and Eric; sisters, Katie Droes (David) and Emily Olee (Christopher); nieces and nephews, Abby, Jocelyn, Paige, Leah, Grant, Zak, Matthew and Connor.
Mike was preceded in death by his brothers, Mark and Matthew.
He will be dearly missed by Jaclyn; his parents; family, friends and fans.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 12 Noon to 8 P.M. at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road, Medina. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 23, 2018 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church at 11 A.M. at 1800 Station Road, Valley City.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 3477 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to; Boston University CTE Center - https://www.bu.edu/cte/financial-support/ , PAWS of Ohio - http://www.pawsohio.org or Highland High School Scholarship Fund - https://www.gofundme.com/cybqx4-mike-kudla-highland-scholarship or The M Foundation - Ludas Magnus, 514 West Rich St., Columbus, OH 43125.
Online condolences at www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com