Wilfred L. Kuehler, age 81 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with family by his side at Park View Haven nursing home in Coleridge, NE.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Wuebben, Zach Wuebben, Michael Wuebben, Garret Dietze, Jon Van Bochove, Adam Van Bochove, and Christopher Van Bochove.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ashley Wuebben, Kim May, Erika Dietze Alexandra Kuehler, Breanne Kuehler, Steve Kuehler, Mark Kuehler, Steve Keiser.
Wilfred Louis Kuehler was born on May 22, 1933 to Louis and Rose (Schumacher) Kuehler on the home place southeast of Crofton. He graduated from Crofton Community School in 1951. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force. He served during the Korean Conflict and witnessed the testing of the nuclear bomb. Upon returning home in 1955, Wilfred took over the family farm. Wilfred married Ann Marie Bart on September 8, 1964, and to this union four children were born. In addition to farming, he worked at Cimples in Yankton, SD and the NFO collection point in Hartington. He also raised Purebred Charolaise cattle. Wilfred overcame an accident shortly after this marriage that left him physically impaired. He was determined to overcome these many obstacles and challenges in his life and it left a lasting impression on his family and friends. Wilfred and Ann then moved to an acreage southwest of Hartington in 1973.
Wilfred was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and held a perpetual adoration hour for many years. He was also a member of the Hartington VFW Post #5283 and the Wynot American Legion Post 31. Wilfred helped with 4-H years ago. He enjoyed listening to his kids play the piano and playing Sheephead.
Wilfred is survived by his wife Ann of Hartington; four children and their significant other, Marsha and Duane Wuebben of Bow Valley, Marilyn Dietze and Sonny Crawford of Lake George, CO, Myron Kuehler and Shana Tennant of Fort Worth, TX, Laura and Brett Van Bochove, Sioux Falls, SD; 12 grandchildren; one great grandson; one sister Marge Wuestewald of Yankton, SD; mother-in-law Irene Bart of Crofton.
He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Rose Kuehler; brother Harold and wife Elizabeth "Betty" Kuehler; brother-in-law Frank Wuestewald; and father-in-law Walter Bart.
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We will miss his smile at Park View Haven. So sorry for your loss.
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father, brother and grandfather. May God bless you with the grace to deal with your grief.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
So sorry for your loss. Heaven gained anoother angel! Cherish his memories as they will last forever!
Sympathy to the Kuehler family...I attended school with Wilfred and Marge...God bless you all..
Donna Doering Joslin
We just watched the slide presentation of Wilfred's life. He always had a smile on his face. I am praying for all of you as you grieve. Warmest thoughts from Juli and I in Lincoln. I miss our Hartington neighbors and friends.
So sorry to hear of your losses,Ann. You are in my prayers!
I am saddened by the loss of your husband and father. I know that there is no way for me to take away all of your sorrow. All I say is that "Willie" taught me that even the most difficult obstructions in life can be overcome. I will always hold fond memories of him in my heart. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers for many years. Also, thank you allowing me to call you all my friends. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
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