William Kuhlman, much loved father and Pop-Pop, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at the New Hampshire Veteran's Home in Tilton.
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Bill was born on April 24, 1920, in Cherokee, Iowa, the son of the late William Kuhlman and Grace Cline.
He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Lillian.
Bill was a veteran of World War II with 26 years of service to his country. He served aboard the USS Chicago and later as an Air Gunner aboard a naval patrol aircraft. Transferring to the United States Air Force after World War II, he retired as a Master Sargeant. After traveling the United States, his last posting was at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth.
He and Lillian fell in love with New Hampshire. They lived in Exeter, Glen, and Concord. Bill served on the Exeter Zoning Board and the Concord City Council. He indulged his artistic side in his retirement years and gifted his family and friends with beautifully crafted wood carvings and stained glass pieces. His stories are now part of family lore, especially the good times he experienced driving his Indian motorcycle and Pierce Arrow automobile.
Members of his family include his three daughters, Barbara Kuhlman Brown and her husband, Rob, of Concord, Christine Kuhlman of North Sutton and Stephanie Kuhlman and her husband, Mark Brann, of Cumberland Center, Maine. His granddaughter, Danielle (Brown) Dervin and her husband, John, of Durham, N.C. And to Bill's joy, Danielle and John's two sons, Jack and Liam.
Internment will be at the New Hampshire Veteran's Cemetary next to his wife Lillian. Shipmates Forever.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 12, 2014