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Bruce Neil Kuehn

August 30, 1941 ~ November 8, 2022 (age 81)


Bruce N. Kuehn, age 81, of Parker, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2022 at Pine Grove Crossing Memory Care.


Bruce Neil Kuehn was born on August 30, 1941, to Ernest and Myrtle (Piper) Kuehn in Breckenridge, MN. While spending his younger years in Breckenridge, he soon met his high school sweetheart and soon to be wife Jean (Thurlow) Kuehn. Bruce and Jean married August 27, 1961. 1964 brought the birth of their first child, Jeffrey. After Bruce received his associate degree in engineering at NDSSS, they proceeded to move to Colorado where he received his Mechanical Engineering license. In 1971, they welcomed the birth of their daughter Misha.


Bruce enjoyed fishing, lake life in MN, and hunting with his father and family. Later in his years he took up golf, taught Jean the sport, while cherishing many years together on the course as well as living on the 2nd fairway. He loved watching the wildlife, golfers, and activity from their backyard porch, while taking great pride and teasing about his western boot, hat and flannel collection to all who would listen. Prior to retirement, Bruce owned and operated his own engineering consulting company. Besides his hobbies, professional career and achievements, there wasn’t anything that was more beloved than his family and grandchildren. Anyone who knew Bruce, knew he was kind, warm, wonderful and loved by all.


He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Kuehn and Kenneth Kuehn; sisters-in-law, Norma Kuehn and Judith Johnston; brothers-in-law William Thurlow and H.R. Johnston; in-laws, Tillie and Lloyd Thurlow, and Harold Saulsbury.


Bruce is survived by his wife, Jean (Thurlow) Kuehn of Parker, CO; son Jeff (Julie) Kuehn of Austin, TX; daughter Misha (Pat) Smithwick of Kiowa, CO; grandchildren, Tanner Smithwick of Bozeman, MT, Kyleigh Smithwick and Grant Smithwick of Kiowa, CO, Matthew Kuehn of Austin TX; sister-in-law Mary Kuehn of Fergus, MN; sisters and brothers-in-law Joan (Thurlow)  and Den Madsen, Jaraine (Thurlow) and Gus Mohs, Jacqueline (Thurlow) and Tom Simmer, Bryan and Carrie (Vanner) Thurlow. As well as the many wonderful Kuehn and Thurlow nieces and nephews. The family takes comfort in knowing Bruce is now in the arms of Jesus, with no more pain or suffering. God’s great promise tells us we will meet again!

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