World War II vet, retired civil engineer, realtor-broker
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Aloys R. Kuhn, 89, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Roswell.
Al was born June 20, 1923, in Hague, N.D., to Daniel and Frances (Stroh) Kuhn.
Growing up, he worked in his parents' general store. After graduating from Assumption Abbey School in Richardton, N.D., in 1942, he taught in a one-room schoolhouse for a year before being drafted into the U.S. Army.
He served in the 141st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion in the European Theatre during World War II. Upon returning from the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Elsie Zent. While earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at North Dakota State University, he chipped ice in boxcars, washed windows on high-rise buildings and drove a taxi.
After graduating in 1950, he ran a survey team for U.S. Geological Service, leaving brass markers from Florida to Montana and Michigan to New Mexico. Al and Elsie made Alamogordo their hometown in 1958 when he went to work as a design engineer at Holloman Air Force Base. In 1978, he retired from 30 years of civil service and started a second career as a realtor-broker with Century 21 and later his own brokerage, Showrite Realty. He retired from this second career in 2004 to care for Elsie during her final illness.
Al and Elsie were longtime members of St. Jude Parish. Al designed and built the new church in 1978 under the direction of Father Wilfred Diamond, S.J., parish administrator and beloved friend. Later, Al was instrumental in the building of the rectory and columbarium.
Survivors include two daughters Gretchen Phillips and husband, Ron, of Roswell, and Rebecca Golightly and partner, Antonio Lipiz, of Albuquerque; son Daniel Kuhn, of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren: Jennifer Cheyanne Boyd and partner, Jesse Adams, of San Antonio, Jessica Haynes and husband, Robin, of Richmond, Texas, Robyn McCrea and husband, Bob, of Roswell, Katie Clingan and husband, Vince, of Washington, D.C., Cletus Kuhn, of Albuquerque, Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn, of Portland, Ore., Brynna Banwarth-Kuhn, of Albuquerque, and Justin Golightly and Lauren Golightly, both of Albuquerque; four great-grandchildren: Kristen and Johnny Haynes, of Richmond, and David and Anna Kate McCrea, of Roswell; two sisters, Sr. Daniella Kuhn, SSND, and Sr. Alene Kuhn, SSND, of Mankato, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
He also leaves dear and precious friends at Serenity Group and St. Jude's Parish.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Elizabeth Ann Kuhn; two brothers Pius and Gabe Kuhn; six sisters Magdelina Nolz, Sr. George Kuhn, SSND, Sr. Dora Kuhn, SSND, Benita Mitzel, Sr. Mary Ann Welder, OSB, and Lucille Richter Scheibley. Al lost Elsie, his beloved wife of 59 years, in 2005.
The family has entrusted the final care of their loved one to Ballard Funeral Home in Roswel. Catholic services will be conducted at St. Jude Parish in Alamogordo on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.
The rosary service will be at 1:15 p.m. and funeral mass will follow at 2 p.m. with Father Tom Hossman, S.J., as celebrant. Committal rite will follow in the St. Jude Columbarium.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the
. To sign the online registry, please visit www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 10 to Feb. 20, 2013