Warren Kuhler(1922 - 2013)

Warren G. Kuhler

Warren G. Kuhler, 90, died Monday, May 20, 2013. His funeral service will be 10:30 AM Saturday, May 25, at the United Methodist Church in Wakonda. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Wakonda with military honors. Visitation will be 4 PM - 8 PM Friday, May 24th at Hansen Funeral Home in Irene with a prayer service at 7 PM. Memorials may be directed to the Wakonda Community Health Foundation. (www.hansenfuneralhome.com)

Warren G. Kuhler was born May 25, 1922, to George and Ellen Kuhler in Wakonda. He graduated from Wakonda High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and took his Air Force cadet training at Moorhead, Minnesota, where he met his future wife, Lillian Hennings. They were married February 14, 1945, in Fargo. Warren had a dual rating as a navigator and flight engineer on B-29 aircraft. After his discharge in 1946, he finished his education at Morningside College.

Warren returned to Wakonda to farm with his father before moving to Colton, California in 1956 to go into partnership with his brother-in-law in the Blue Mountain Dairy. After two years, he returned to Wakonda to the family farm. He was always very proud that his family had farmed the same land since 1878 and that the farm remains in the family still today.

Warren left full-time farming in 1962 to become the director of the South Dakota United Methodist Foundation for the next seven years. In 1969, he began a 21-year career as the administrator of the Pioneer Hospital and Nursing Home in Viborg. He was elected a Fellow in the American College of Nursing Home Administrators in 1976. Dakota Wesleyan University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 1979.

Warren was a member of the Wakonda United Methodist Church and a life member of the American Legion. For many years he was active in the various organizations in Wakonda. Warren was very involved with the United Methodist Church on the local, state and national levels and was honored as Lay Leader Emeritus in 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lillian on April 19, 2013; and his brother-in-law, Herbert Rowley.

Survivors include his children, George (Deborah) Kuhler of Huron, Margaret (Stevan) Peterson of Wakonda, and Karen (Jeff) Trammell of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren, John (Kelli) Peterson of Wakonda, Karen (Chad) Hutchinson of Sioux Falls, Carrie Peterson (Nathan Clark) of Aalborg, Denmark, Ellen (Kersten) Kappmeyer of Sioux Falls, Alyssa (Trent) Schafer of Watertown, and Eric Chesley of Sioux Falls; three great-grandchildren, Julia Hutchinson and Braxton and Mason Chesley; his sister, Mary Ellen Rowley of Sun City, California; and many nieces and nephews.

Published in The Argus Leader on May 22, 2013