ST. CHARLES – Robert Michael "Bob" Kuhn, 82 of St. Charles, flew west on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Delnor Hospital surrounded by family. His quick passing was caused by an undetected and aggressive form of leukemia.|
Bob will be greatly missed by his family, Kathye (Burke), wife of 55 years; sons, Bob (Jane), James, Mike (Jennifer), and the Rev. Chris; grandchildren, Katie, Mary, Lizzy and Michael; his own brother and sisters, the Rev. Richard Kuhn, Kay Peterman, Sr. Jeanine Kuhn, and Betty Lovejoy (Ron); and his sister-in-law, Mary Versackas. His nieces and nephews, who knew him as Uncle Bob, were precious to him, as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Elizabeth; sisters, Phyllis Drake and Joan Guest; and his brother, Jim, who died serving our country in the U.S. Navy.
Bob was born to Sylvester and Elizabeth Kuhn on Aug. 25, 1930, in Osage, Iowa. His upbringing on a farm helped form his strong character, but his wandering spirit prompted him to begin his career as a pilot at the age of 16.
Bob graduated from Osage High School in 1948 and from Loras College in 1956. He served his country in the Air Force, was a veteran of the Korean War, in which he flew 97 missions and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a commercial airline pilot for TWA for 30 years.
Always the life of the party, Bob loved a competitive card game, a good story, and of course, the latest joke. His life revolved around serving family and friends, and he never missed a family celebration. His sense of humor peppered his conversations, and when he saw a need, he met it, be it fixing a cabinet, visiting a friend in the hospital, or serving at the food pantry.
Bob's life was characterized by love – for his family, for God expressed through his Catholic faith and practical service to others, and for life itself. His legacy of devotion to family is cherished by all of us. He was a loving, generous, and faithful man, fondly known by his family and friends as "Mr. Wonderful" and "Captain Bob."
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 25, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday March 24, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main Street (corner of routes 25 and 64), St. Charles, IL 60174. Burial will be at Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hope for Haitans, P.O. Box 5647, Rockford, IL 61125, or www.hopeforhaitians.org.
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Published in Kane County Chronicle on Mar. 23, 2013