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WILLIAM (BILL) KUHN (published on July 12, 2008)

WILLIAM (BILL) KUHN Peacefully, on July 10, 2008, with his family at his side, Bill, age 83, passed away at the Seven Regions Health Centre in Gladstone, Manitoba. Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Ida Kuhn. Remaining to forever cherish his memory are Elsie, his beloved wife of 55 years; his son Douglas and his wife Julie of Westbourne; and his daughter Gayle of rural Brandon. Grandchildren Corey and Carrie had a special place in his heart. Bill is also survived by his sister Helene Lloyd of Penticton, BC. Born in Katznase, West Prussia, Germany on September 29, 1924, Bill immigrated to Canada at the age of one. His childhood was spent on the family farm in the Austin area. After finishing school, Bill joined the R.C.N.V.R. serving on both the Atlantic and the Pacific. When the Second World War was over, Bill joined Manitoba Hydro. On October 12, 1952 Bill married Elsie, and his job took them to Ashern, Lundar, Stonewall, and finally Westbourne where he was the District Supervisor. After seventeen years of climbing poles, Bill decided it was time for a change. For the next ten years, with Elsie at his side, they owned and operated Bill's Red and White (later Bill's M M) in Langruth. In 1976 they sold the store and Bill returned to his roots, purchasing a grain farm in the Lakeland area. Bee keeping was Bill's passion. Over the years he expanded his apiary into a large successful business, for a few years in partnership with Jim Poschenrieder. Health reasons prompted the sale of the business in 1984. In semi-retirement Bill spent countless enjoyable hours out in the shop . Bill and Doug were best friends and worked side by side in all ventures. A stroke in 1995 brought his working career to a close. In 2001, Bill and Elsie moved into an apartment in Gladstone where he lived until his passing. Bill was honoured to be a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #162 in Langruth. He was recognized as a Life Member and received his 50 year pin in 2005. He held various offices including two terms as President. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Clarke's Funeral Chapel, Gladstone with Sandra Rex officiating. A private family interment will take place in Austin Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 824-18th Street, Unit 3, Brandon MB R7A 5B7 or to the Northwest Handi Transit, Box 757, Gladstone, MB R0J 0T0. Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

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