Roy Kuhn (1927 - 2014)

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Roy Kuhn


Roy W. Kuhn, 87, of Ames, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Israel Family Hospice House.

A celebration of his life will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave in Ames on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Visitation will be held in the commons at 10 a.m., the service will be held in the sanctuary at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow in the commons at noon. Burial will be at Fridhem Lutheran Church cemetery in Hordville, NE later in the week.

Roy was born on January 31, 1927 in Central City, Nebraska to Leonard and Nellie Mae (Mohr) Kuhn. After graduating from Central City High School, he enlisted in the United States Army on June 16, 1945, serving overseas during World War II until returning on November 25, 1946.

He married Esther L. (Benson) Kuhn on July 16, 1949. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1954, with a degree in civil engineering. He began working for the State of Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) in 1954, in Sheldon, Iowa. He was then transferred to Rock Rapids. He moved to Ames, in 1964, with his family which by then included two daughters, Tami and Kristi. After 39 years with the IDOT, Roy retired, after completion of the first cable-stayed bridge built in Iowa at Burlington. Throughout his life he enjoyed bowling, square dancing, golf, and watching sports.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Esther Kuhn of Ames and his daughters Kristi Kuhn of Papillion, NE, and Tami Kuhn of Ankeny along with many nieces and nephews. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers: Archie Kuhn who lost his life In WWII, Leon Kuhn, Pearl Schlitt, Eva Hanner, and Luella Lunsford.

Memorial contributions may be left to the discretion of the family.

To leave a condolence or share a photo, please visit Adams Funeral Home in Ames is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 20, 2014
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