Bruce Kuehn

Bruce L. Kuehn, 52, a native of New Hampton, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016. Per Bruce’s final wishes, no funeral or memorial service is planned.

Bruce Lee Kuehn was born in New Hampton September 6, 1962. He was the youngest child of Clarence John and Arlene Madeline (Boehmer) Kuehn. Bruce graduated from New Hampton High School in 1980. He received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Tool and Die Making at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo in 1993. He was a dedicated employee at the TriMark Corporation in New Hampton for over 30 years.

Bruce was no ordinary man. He was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of all who knew him. The most generous person to everyone he met, when someone asked for his help, he would never turn them down. The kind of man who ordered pizza and baked chocolate chip cookies for his sister and her children whenever they drove four hours to visit him.

He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; afternoons spent riding his motorcycle alongside his partner, Sheila, or endeavoring on a new woodworking project were two of his favorite pastimes. He loved thinking up new woodworking projects just to make someone happy. He was constantly pitching in to help family or friends with various construction projects. His sharp wit and dry sense of humor kept his loved ones laughing. He even enjoyed planting flowers around his property (or at least had the decency to pretend to in order to appease his older sister, Janice, whom he loved dearly.)

He was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a friend to all. He was beloved by his brothers and sister, nieces, nephews, and Sheila’s entire family, especially her mother and her grandchildren. He would spend hours sitting on the floor playing with them. Before his passing, Bruce forged a 53-year trail of laughter, kindness, compassion and wisdom.
Bruce is survived by his partner, Sheila Schulte; his siblings, Leon (Kathy) Kuehn, Janice Ramaeker, Steve Kuehn and Dennis (Diane) Kuehn; a sister-in-law, Carol Kuehn; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence; his mother, Arlene; and his oldest brother, Francis.

Bruce spent countless hours with Sheila helping her with projects to better the lives of the adults with intellectual disabilities she serves at TASC in Waukon. In honor of Bruce, memorial contributions may be directed to TASC, 2213 Mt. Olivet Road NW, Waukon, Iowa, 52172.

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