FORESTVILLE: Richard L. Kuehn, 89, of Swan Street, Forestville, died Sunday, September 30th, at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Dunkirk, on July 2, 1923, the son of the late Leo Joseph and Ruth (Crowell) Kuehn.
He served in the U.S. Army as a Pvt in WW II. Mr. Kuehn worked as a Crane Operator for the former Alleghany Ludlum Steel Corp. Dunkirk, for 18 years, retiring in1972 and had also at one time owned and operated a Dairy Farm on Pope Hill Road, Forestville. He was a member of Hanover Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville Chapter #247 OES, J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, the Forestville United Methodist Church, Fredonia Beaver Club and a former member of Dunkirk Moose Lodge #89. He enjoyed bird watching, woodworking, welding, flowers & gardening.
Survivors include his wife Ruth (Martin) Kuehn of Forestville, whom he married in Winchester, Virginia, six daughters, Shirley Stott, of Jacksonville, FL, Jean Lucas, of North Wales, PA, Peggy (Mark) Kirk, of East Aurora, Betty S. (Charles) Brecht, of Forestville, Debora (Charles) Ortolano, III, of Fredonia, Colleen (Carl) Kaminski, of Dunkirk, three sons Roger (Denise Shoemaker) Kuehn, of Hartsville, TN, James Kuehn, of Pollock, LA, Richard Kuehn, II, of Forestville and a brother, Albert (Concetta) Kuehn, of Fredonia. Also surviving are 26 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife Alice (Brocksopp) Kuehn, who died in 1959, by a brother Ernest Kuehn by a great granddaughter Shawnee McGowan, who died March 30, 2006 and by 2 son-in-laws John Stott & Bruce Lucas.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm and on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Park Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.
Members of Hanover Lodge #152 F&AM will conduct Masonic Services Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock in the funeral home. Graveside Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville and Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390 Rt. 20 Sheridan, NY 14135 or Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.