David Michael Kuhns, 65, a Fairbanks native and longtime Seattle resident, died Sept. 22 at the Franciscan Hospice in University Place, Wash., after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer three months earlier.
David was born Dec. 21, 1947, at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Fairbanks, where he graduated from Lathrop High School in 1966. Later he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Montana and served in the U.S. Army
, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.
David had recently retired from his job as a caregiver at a home for homeless people with mental illnesses.
David was a kind, thoughtful, and loyal brother and friend whose hobby was building high-quality sound systems including custom, hand-made speakers in his spare time. He loved making speakers for friends. He once built an ugly pair of speakers from scrap wood that he placed in the back seat of his car, never having to worry that they would be stolen. David enjoyed listening to classical music and playing poker.
He was a member of the Five Mighty Men, a group of poker-playing buddies, all natives of Fairbanks, who gathered periodically for more than 50 years. He was active in Alcoholics Anonymous.
David is survived by his brother, Shawn, and sister-in-law, Lori, of Enumclaw, Washington; brother, Howard, and sister-in-law, Kathy, of Jupiter, Florida; brother, Lawrence, and sister-in-law, Jane, of Plymouth, Michigan; and nine nephews and nieces.
After cremation, David's ashes were stored in a custom-made stereo speaker and placed in a mausoleum at the Tahoma Veterans Cemetery in Covington, Wash.
David's brother, Shawn, may be contacted at email@example.com
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