Kenneth Eugene Kuhns, 91, of Decatur, passed away 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military Rites by the Sullivan American Legion Post #68. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to Harper Chapel United Methodist Church.
Kenneth was born to Harry Joseph and Lillie (Wright) Kuhns, in Piatt County, Bement, on January 23, 1922. He married Eula Martin September 13, 1942 in the Allenville Christian Church. He worked at The Brown Shoe Company, Garwood Industries, and Curtis Wright Airplane Manufacturing. Kenneth served in World War II with the South Pacific 820th Bomb Squadron in the Army Air Force. Upon his return from World War II, where he was stationed with the South Pacific 820th Bomb Squadron in the Army Air Force, he worked at Kuehne Manufacturing and then as a tool designer for Caterpillar Tractor Company for twenty five years until retirement in January 1983. He was a farmer/gardener at heart and a tool design engineer by trade. Kenneth and his wife spent twenty years of his retirement in Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, Missouri, where he was active at the Senior Center and with the Performing Arts Guild as a renowned set designer and carpenter/set builder. In his later retirement years he returned to Decatur, and enjoyed creating wood into various items including miniature wagons, the Decatur Transfer House, Noah’s Arks and a B-25 Bomber. He was at his happiest when creating items and gifting them for others to enjoy. Kenneth was a member of the Forsyth First United Methodist Church. He will be missed by his wife Eula and by those who call him Dad, Grampa, Poppi, Papa, brother-in-law and Ken.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of seventy years, Eula, two children, Janet K. Berry and husband John of Missouri, Stanley G. Kuhns and wife Donna of Illinois. Survivors also include three grandchildren, Andrea Berry Hipps of Michigan, Jill Kuhns Musso and husband Todd of Illinois, Kevin Kuhns and wife Alicia of Illinois; and four great grandchildren with another expected very soon, Harper and Hadley of Michigan, Murana and Lidon of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond and Clarence, sisters Marie (Kuhns) West and Ruby (Kuhns) Watkins, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com