Jan. 20, 1953 - Sept. 27, 2012
Alfred ("Fred") Steven Kuhn, age 59, of La Mesa, California, went to be with our Lord on September 27, 2012 in the privacy of his home surrounded by his wife, family and friends. He had a courageous five-year battle with cancer.
Fred was born in Brawley, California on January 20, 1953 into a Valley-pioneering family going back to 1916. His father is the late Walter Kuhn Sr., who as a land leveling contractor, helped develop Imperial Valley into one of the premier agricultural areas in the country. His mother is Wanda (Hickey) Kuhn, whose father helped build the All-American Canal in the early 1930s. Fred was the third of six children. He attended elementary school in Brawley, CA and graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro, CA in 1971. In his youth, Fred was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, both as a mechanic and accomplished off road motorcycle racer. His interest in the field of mechanics, combined with his knowledge of machines, contributed to his becoming an expert diesel and heavy equipment mechanic.
Fred is survived by his mother, Wanda Jean (Hickey) Kuhn; wife, Pam; daughter, Chelsea Kuhn; son, Landon Kuhn, Landon's wife Julie, and grandchildren Kyle, Carson, and Claire; former wife, Karen Jones; brothers, Walter Kuhn, Jr., and Bruce Kuhn; sisters, Jeanine Neighbors, Merry Haynes, and Trudy Preuss; and numerous other uncles, aunts and cousins living both in Imperial Valley and elsewhere.
A memorial service is planned for later in the year.