Robert C. Kuehling died peacefully Thursday April 11, 2013. Born May 6, 1921 in Washington, D.C., he was one of two children of Elsie Downey and Benjamin C. Kuehling. |
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen Wiehle Kuehling. A brother, Benjamin C. Kuehling, predeceased him.
Also surviving is a son, Joseph W.Kuehling, of Norfolk; granddaughter Stacey K. Petrikas, husband, Peter, of Lakeland, Fl. and great grandchildren Emily and Christopher of Lakeland; and granddaughter Natalie D. Kuehling, of Deltona, Fl; and a sister, Joan Brown, husband, Leland, and family of Fairfax. A nephew, Benjamin C. Kuehling III, his wife Elizabeth and family of Ouray, Co. and a close family friend, Waltraud Downey
Growing up in Georgetown, Bob remembered playing baseball on sandlots adjacent to the White House. When he and his friends hit balls over the White House fence the guards cheerfully threw them back.
Bob graduated from Western High School in Washington and earned a BCS degree at Southeastern University there. During World War II he served with the Army in the Philippines and Japan. After separation he worked for the Iternal Revenue Service until retirement. Bob and Helen have lived in Williamsburg since 1980.
A devout Christian and former deacon of the Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, Bob was active in Williamsburg Presbyterian Church and attended Williamsburg Community Chapel.
Most recently, in a long life together, Bob and Helen were known along Duke of Gloucester Street where they often walked. Bob always had a kind word or a funny story for locals and visitors alike. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Apr. 20 to May 19, 2013