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Robert John Kuehl

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Kuehl, Robert John Of Waukesha, WI, and Tucson, AZ. Beloved husband of Penny D. Kuehl. Dear father to Robert S. Kuehl and Kelly A. Erickson (Brian). Proud Papa to Conor R. Erickson and Kyle R. Erickson. Cherished hunting partner of Fanny Bright and several other worthy Black Labrador Retrievers of bygone years. Bob was a nature lover, dedicated wildfowl hunter, wetland conservationist, serious angler, spectacular gardener, competitive pickleball player and recycling-composting king. He was a serious polka grandmaster, a vintner of fine homemade Kuehl wine and chef of the "best fish sticks ever" fried in Grandma Kuehl's old fry pan on the Coleman stove in the garage. He had a uncanny radar for seeing asparagus and could spot it in a ditch while driving by it at 55 miles per hour. "Kuehl" was a hardcore and dedicated Packer and Badger football fan. He spent many memorable times with family and friends either hunting or fishing, traveling, navigating through life, or dancing polkas, and playing cards. Most of you are familiar with these times and of the stories that have been told! In college, Bob was influenced by writings of Aldo Leopold. A Sand County Almanac became his "other" bible in his life. This book lead him to become the conservationist he was. "There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land." Aldo Leopold Bob was a founding member of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association He also once served as President of WWA and served on the WWA state board. "There are some people who can live without wild things and some who cannot." Aldo Leopold WWA was a perfect fit for Bob, they shared the same core value; conservation. They did this by educating the public about the importance of preserving Wisconsin wetland habitats and waterfowl for future generations. He took part in WWA youth wood duck building projects. Bob spent numerous hours in marshy areas securing wood duck houses to poles so these magnificent birds could raise their young. Bob utilized his gardening skills by planting native grasses around Wisconsin. His assertive personality assisted him in soliciting donor's for WWA fundraising efforts and their yearly banquet. Bob was a graduate of University of Stevens Point and received his Masters from Utah State University. Go Aggies! He was a teacher in Clintonville, WI and at Waukesha County Technical College. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps, Semper Fi. Bob was rich in character, knowledge and has left us with many memories for us to recollect! Never forget Bob's big smile, his outgoing personality, infectious loud laugh and kind heart. A memorial gathering to be held at Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church located at S39 W32887 County Highway D, Dousman, WI 53118 on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Time of gathering at 2:00 PM following with a 3:00 PM memorial service. Following the service please stay and enjoy fellowship, stories, laughter, some of Bob's favorite "eats" and lots of love. Dress is casual. Any Packer, Badger or hunting apparel is welcome! In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the following: National Bone Marrow Transplant; www.nbmtlink.org Your Local Food Pantry www.Dryhootch.org. or any organization close to your heart.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 12, 2013
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