NORFOLK, Neb. – Mr. Max G. Kuhn, 78, of Norfolk, passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Having always been proactive in his health care, Max had elective cardiovascular surgery to extend and improve his quality of life. Having a strong will and drive, combined with exceptional surgical and ICU medical care, he recovered strong, and was within days of discharge when he experienced an unexpected complication.
He was born July 20, 1939, in Missouri Valley, Iowa, the third child of Vernon L. Kuhn and Francis A. Robb. Max was a 1957 graduate of Missouri Valley High School, and attended Sioux Falls College in South Dakota, and in 1962 earned a bachelor’s degree in science. He also was awarded the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award in Business in 1962.
He married Anna Marie Dunning from Grand Island, Nebraska, on Sept. 27, 1966. Of this union, four children were raised. His retail management career led them to Omaha, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, and a final return to Nebraska. His career highlights include managing for Woolworth’s, TG&Y in Charlotte, Michigan, for 10 years, and 20 years managing Walmart stores located in Princeton, Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Falls, before retiring in 2004 from the Norfolk store. He took great pride in meeting Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, having lunched with him on two occasions.
Max’s most pleasurable times were spent with his family and being a great husband, father, and provider.
He was well known to be a highly organized and astute financial planner, always ensuring the family was raised in a nice home, ate well, and were well cared for. He enjoyed evenings at home, attending country music concerts with his wife Ann, working on cars with son, David, coaching and watching son, James, in sports, hunting and fishing with son, Robert, and countless years of being “everything” to daughter Deborah.
Max also took great pleasure in keeping up with his grandchildren’s activities. He was fond of Emily and Lydia’s accomplishments in 4-H and horse riding competitions, the academic pursuits of Jazmin and Gabriela, planting trees with Kevin, the orchestral and theatrical achievements of Ashley and Amber, and watching Tyler’s passion for sports. And, at the age of 69, due to our mother’s passing, openly embracing the opportunity to raise infants Emerson and Leighton, a role in which may have been his life’s greatest pleasure.
He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, hunting, fishing, and tinkering about in the yard. Throughout his life, he enjoyed long car rides in the country and long walks through the woods. He was known by work associates for being a kind and respectful manager who loved to interact with people and play Santa during numerous holiday parties. Max was a member of Knights of Columbus.
Max always said he was fortunate to “have two great loves” in life. He is also survived by Ms. JoAnn Wohlers from Missouri Valley, Iowa, his first love from high school, and in later years, his loving companion. Driven by shared grief over lost spouses, they learned to experience the joys of life in a new form. She holds a special place in his life and was present with him until his passing. She grieves deeply with the family.
Max will forever be deeply respected by his family, friends, and acquaintances for his kind words and gestures, expecting no reciprocation in return. His love, dedication, and endless care provided to his wife during her times of illness, to include reading daily passages from the Bible until her passing, exemplified his high level of morality and love for his family. For this, his children will be eternally grateful.
Survivors of the immediate family include three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Lynda Kuhn of Hastings, Minnesota, James and Xochilh Kuhn of Belvidere, and Robert and Tracy Kuhn of Sterling; one daughter, Deborah Kuhn of Norfolk; and in-laws of Grand Island, Nebraska, Don and Sue Dunning, Jerry and Barb Dunning, Tom and Diane Dunning, Mary Dunning, and Patty Stein. Additional survivors include grandchildren, Emily, Lydia, Jazmin, Kevin, Gabriela, Ashley, Amber, Tyler, Emerson, and Leighton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon L. and Francis A. (Robb) Kuhn of Missouri Valley, Iowa; devoted wife, Anna Marie (Dunning) Kuhn of Grand Island, Nebraska; brother, Carl Kuhn of Council Bluffs, Iowa; brother, Donald Kuhn of Omaha, Nebraska; and sister, Mariea (Kuhn) Smithburg of Omaha. He also is preceded in death by an infant grandson, Jacob, and great-grandson, Ezra.
Max, rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your loving family.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norfolk. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island, Nebraska. Home for Funerals in Norfolk is handling arrangements.