David Gustave Kuhlmann was born to G.A. and Dorothy Kuhlmann on October 22, 1938, in Winfield, KS. He died on February 23, 2013, at his home in Houston. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Ruth Ohm. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruanne; sons, Tim (Karen), Steve, Michael (Kelly) and Christopher (Kasey); 7 grandchildren; brother, Rev. Robert Kuhlmann (Eloise) of Amarillo, TX and sister, Marjorie Theimer of Oklahoma City, OK.
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His love of the advertising profession began with a summer job at Gardner Advertising in St. Louis, MO. After graduating from The University of Texas, he went to work at Foley's in the advertising department, first as a copy writer and later as Manager, Broadcast/Direct Mail. He joined Metzdorf Advertising Agency in the mid 70's, was co-founder of The Hively Agency in the mid 80's, and finished his long-standing membership in the Houston advertising community with his own agency, KLB, started in the mid 90's. Dave retired from the ad business in 2002.
Dave Kuhlmann was a Christian servant with a gentle heart for helping others. He managed 10 years of cancer treatment while volunteering for his church, leading volunteer groups with Thrivent Financial, mentoring high school students and volunteering at MD Anderson. David's warmth and humor were gifts given freely and daily. He treasured each new day and greeted it with a 5 AM walk beginning with "This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us be glad and rejoice in it."
Dave knew what his big rocks were-his faith in Jesus as Savior, his family, his country, his job-and those always went into the jar first. He loved his family and being a grandfather was one of his most treasured gifts. He was warm-hearted, sincere, positive, fun, interested in others and filled with faith in God and a view that life is good because God is good. He leaves a legacy of integrity, patience, caring, unconditional love, humor and the example that strength comes from the Lord. While we mourn on earth, all of Heaven is rejoicing that Dave is safely home.
A celebration of Dave's life will be held on Thursday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Houston Ave., Houston, TX with Rev. Donald Black officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 10 to 11AM at Trinity. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a contribution to the Endowment Fund of Trinity Lutheran School, M D Anderson Cancer Center or
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 26, 2013