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Lester Kuhnhenn

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Lester F. Kuhnhenn, Jr., 85, of Allentown, a mining engineer and retired Bethlehem Steel executive, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in the Luther Crest Senior Living Community with his loving wife at his side. Born May 15, 1927 in Belmont, WI, he was the son of Lester F. Kuhnhenn and Myrtie Anna Kilpatrick. He and his wife, the former Rosario Bascon, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on June 30, 2012. His first wife, the former Maria Ines Tanaskovic, passed away on October 27, 1977. Mr. Kuhnhenn was a mining engineer who worked in Bethlehem Steel Corp.s iron mines in Chile, and retired as manager of mining affiliates at Bethlehem Steel in 1983 after 32 years with the company. He continued working as a consultant for the company and later worked for Nord Resources Corp. He served in the U.S. Navy following graduation from high school. He received his bachelors degree in mining engineering in 1950 from the University of Illinois. He was a loving husband, father, and chacho to his grandchildren. He was a voracious reader who enjoyed military histories and biographies. He loved traveling, and his work took him to five continents. He lived in Chile for 16 years and worked in China and Africa as well. Survivors: In addition to his wife, Rosario, he is survived by four sons, Jim Kuhnhenn of Silver Spring, MD, Robert Kuhnhenn of Westlake, OH, Oscar Murillo of Hanover, PA, and John Murillo of Miami, FL; and two daughters, Patricia Carducci of Pennsburg, PA and Cynthia Beitler of Fogelsville, PA; 11 grandchildren, Ben Beitler, Maggie Beitler, Ethan Kuhnhenn, Dylan Kuhnhenn, Oscar Murillo, Alex Murillo, Sophia Murillo, Sonia Murillo, Christian Murillo, Andrew Carducci, and Gabe Carducci. He was predeceased by his brother, John Thomas Kuhnhenn; and by his sisters, Margaret Ann (Kuhnhenn) Howe and Elizabeth Jean (Kuhnhenn) Steinbeck. Services: Friday, November 23, 10 a.m., St. Joseph the Worker, 1879 Applewood Dr., Orefield. Reception to follow. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to , a not-for-profit, section 501(c)(3). 800-805-5856.

Published in Morning Call on Nov. 14, 2012
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