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William E. Kuhlmann (Bill) age 84, of St. Louis passed away on June 28 after a short illness surrounded by family at home.
Bill was born August 14, 1937 to William and Naomi Kuhlmann in St. Louis, MO. Bill graduated from Hadley Vocational Technical High School In 1955.
Bill started work shortly thereafter at Laclede Steel as a technical draftsman, but his career was interrupted and Bill served our country in the Navy for almost two years aboard the USS Antietam aircraft carrier. He was honorably discharged in October of 1957 and returned to work.
While at Laclede Steel, Bill met the love of his life Judy Enke. They were married on September 6, 1958 in Bem, Missouri and were married for almost 64 years. Bill and Judy had three sons, Kurt, Kip, and Kelly.
During Bill’s almost 60 year professional career he shared his knowledge and experience in the construction industry while working for Fruco Engineers and Fruin Colin Construction, Missouri Portland Cement Company, G.L. Tarlton Construction, Affholder Inc., Kroeger Construction, St. Louis Steel to name a few. Bill served for many years as an instructor for the Ironworkers 396 apprenticeship program where he taught the apprentices to read blueprints and how to use instruments for layout.
Bill was a devoted family man and was very proud of his sons and their families. He was blessed with three daughters-in-law and the mere mention of his eight grand-children and eight great grand-children brought huge smile to his face.
Bill always had a story and never met a stranger. He would easily strike up a conversation with anyone. He was always willing to lend a helping hand no matter what the cause. Bill enjoyed spending time with family and friends and trips to the lake house at the Ozarks and the farm in Northeast Missouri.
Bill had strong faith in God and was a member of Bethesda Church in Lemay for over 60 years. He was a proud member of the MOB (Men Of Bethesda). Bill was also a member of the Tesson Ferry Township Republican Club and was selected as the 2019 ROY (Republican of the Year).
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife Judy of the home, his brothers Robert and Lawrence, his children Kurt (Carol) of Shawnee, Kansas, Kip (Tammi) of Oakville, Kelly (Lynn) of Oakville. His grand children John Kuhlmann (Meaghan), Sarah Kitts (Sean), Stephen Kuhlmann (Kathleen), Tyler Kuhlmann, Kaitlin Kuhlmann, Jessica Kuhlmann, Mikayla Kuhlmann, Brendan Kuhlmann; and eight great-grandchildren Harvey, Liam, Parker, and Wyatt Kuhlmann, and Cody, Eli, and Owen Kitts, and William Kuhlmann.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday July 5th from 4:00-8:00 pm and service of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday July 6th at 11:00 AM at the Kutis Funeral Home South 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63129.
Burial will be at St. Paul’s Churchyard.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethesda E-Free Church or the American Cancer Society.