Dylan M. Krula could soothe a tense situation with a joke and smile.
Krula, a 19-year-old Metropolitan Community College student, had a way about him that was both “smart'' and “quirky,'' his mother, Sheri Krula, said Tuesday.
While growing up with his parents and two brothers, Dylan charmed friends and family alike.
“He was the jokester of the family,” she said. “He always had a way about him that if you were mad, he could throw in a little joke and change the situation. It was hard to stay mad.”
Dylan Krula was killed Sunday when his Suzuki motorcycle collided with a 2007 Volkswagen about 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of 204th and Harrison Streets.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash, said Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
A candlelight vigil will be held at the crash scene tonight at 8 o'clock. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Braman Mortuary, 6505 S. 144th St.
Sheri Krula said her son was a 2012 graduate of Platteview High School in Springfield and was studying at Metro to become a heating and air condition technician like his father, Jeff Krula.
Dylan enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and had recently helped his older brother, Zach, move from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas.
Cody Slaughter, a friend of Dylan's since second grade, said Dylan was “a laid back, nice kid” who didn't have an enemy in the world. Slaughter said he was so easygoing that he once accidentally sat in a friend's spilled barbecue sauce and just laughed it off.
“He was just that way,” Slaughter said. “He didn't get mad when he could have.”
Dylan Krula's “passion and his baby” was the 2008 Suzuki motorcycle he bought about two years ago with his own money while working for Menard's, his mother said.
She and Dylan shared an evening out for dinner the day before the accident.
“His dad and his brother Joel were out hunting, and we had a very special night together,” she said. “He turned to me and said, 'Mom, this is so nice. Thank you.'
“He was so smart, so quirky and so very caring. I'm going to have an awful time living without him now.”
Besides his parents and brothers, Krula is survived by his grandmother Joan Krula, grandfather Leonard Shandera, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.