Robert P. Kuhlman Sr., 93, passed away at home on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 surrounded by members of his loving family. He was born Feb. 21, 1924 in Kingsley to the late James and Catherine (Ockert) Kuhlman.
He attended St. Mary's Hannah High School and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II for two years. Using the GI Bill he was able to attend Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and psychology in 1951.
He then entered into the workforce as a tax agent for the IRS, serving in that capacity for 30 years in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Traverse City, retiring in 1979.
In Detroit he met and married Cecile (Adams) on Dec. 29, 1951, and she preceded him in death on May 12, 1978. Born into this union were Marguerite (aka Peggy) VerBerkmoes, Anne Kuhlman, Robert Kuhlman Jr., Carl Kuhlman (Sandi Guerra), Mary (Michael) Koehler, Barb Kuhlman, Rita (John) Thompson and John (Diane) Kuhlman; grandchildren, Nathan VerBerkmoes, Brian (Jenny) VerBerkmoes, Matthew (Tricia) Bush, Marcus Bush, Kelly (Nick) Hanophy, Jill Fowler, Catherine (Keith) Miller, Elizabeth Kuhlman, Charlie Koehler, Shawn (Brittany) Rattigen, Julia Thompson, Grace Thompson, Ben Thompson and Sam Thompson; great-grandchildren, Kane, Brayden, Landon, Kailyn, Eli, Lincoln, Reid, Velencia, Daeanna, Izzy, Xoie, Isla and Mari.
On Aug. 4, 1979 Bob entered into marriage with Beverly (Babel) at All Faiths Chapel. They enjoyed 38 years of being together. His second family consists of Katie (Nick) James, Laura Kuhlman and fiance, Erik Reed, and Sarah Kuhlman; grandchildren, Soren James, Lenix Kuhlman-Allgaier and Aja Kuhlman. Bob also served as a mentor to a special young lady, Amy Dunville.
Bob enjoyed farming on his homestead, growing vegetables and being known for his delicious sweet corn - always sharing his crops with others. Bob was also a builder, having completed three homes. He was able to fix anything and everything! He was a generous person with his time and talents. Bob especially took great pride in spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards. He had a dry sense of humor and was a jokester.
Bob also had a great friend and hunting companion in John Hartl Jr., with whom he hunted at "Deer Camp" up in Vanderbilt. These were some of Bob's great memories and times spent working together with his friend for many years.
Bob volunteered his time at GTACS as lunch duty, milkman, crossing guard and Gladhandler. At St. Francis he participated with the Knights of Columbus, Men's Club, was an usher, CSA for the parish and GTCFCU board.
Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children and their families; siblings, Rita Hennessey, Brigid Hinkley and Gerald (Terease) Kuhlman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by siblings, Harold, Emmanuel Joseph and wife, Rex, Carroll (James), Bernard "Barney" and wife, Agnes, Francis and wife, Esther, Delores (Bob) Boyle, Rosemary and Joseph, who died in infancy; brothers-in-law, John Hennessey and Harley Hinkley; granddaughters, Jessica VerBerkmoes in 1979 and Monica Larson in 2013.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at noon, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Ray Cotter, Father Ben Rexroat and Deacon Rene Hoenschied will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with the rosary prayed prior to the Mass at 11:30 am.
Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice and St. Francis Capital Campaign.
We wish to thank Munson Hospice for coming into his home and providing him comfort and care over the last special months. A special thanks to nurses, Karen and Terri, Nancy and Pat, and Munson Hospice House, as well as all the others who attended to his care. Your kindness and affection are greatly appreciated.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." - 2 Timothy 4:7
Published on January 26, 2018