Robert John Kuehl
Robert John Kuehl of Waukesha and Tucson, Ariz., passed away recently. He was the beloved husband of Penny D. Kuehl, dear father to Robert S. Kuehl and Kelly A. Erickson (Brian), and proud papa to Conor R. Erickson and Kyle R. Erickson.
Robert was the cherished hunting partner of Fanny Bright and several other worthy black Labrador retrievers of bygone years.
Bob was a: nature lover, dedicated wildfowl hunter, wetland conservationist, serious angler, spectacular gardener, competitive pickleball player and recycling composting king. He was a serious polka grandmaster, a vintner of fine homemade Kuehl wine and chef of the “best fish sticks ever” fried in Grandma Kuehl's old fry pan on the Coleman stove in the garage. He had an uncanny radar for seeing asparagus and could spot it in a ditch while driving by it at 55 miles per hour.
“Kuehl” was a hardcore and dedicated Packers and Badgers football fan.
He spent many memorable times with family and friends either hunting or fishing, traveling, navigating through life, or dancing polkas, and playing cards. Most of you are familiar with these times and of the stories that have been told!
In college, Bob was influenced by writings of Aldo Leopold. “A Sand County Almanac” became his “other” bible in his life. This book led him to become the conservationist he was.
“There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.” – Aldo Leopold
Bob was a founding member of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. He also once served as president of the WWA and served on the WWA state board.
“There are some people who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” – Aldo Leopold
WWA was a perfect fit for Bob. They shared the same core value: conservation. They did this by educating the public about the importance of preserving Wisconsin wetland habitats and waterfowl for future generations. He took part in WWA youth wood duck building projects. Bob spent numerous hours in marshy areas securing wood duck houses to poles so these magnificent birds could raise their young. Bob utilized his gardening skills by planting native grasses around Wisconsin. His assertive personality assisted him in soliciting donor's for WWA fundraising efforts and their yearly banquet.
Bob was a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and received his master's degree from Utah State University. Go Aggies! He was a teacher in Clintonville and at Waukesha County Technical College.
He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fi.
Bob was rich in character, knowledge and has left us with many memories for us to recollect!
Never forget Bob's big smile, his outgoing personality, infectious loud laugh and kind heart.
A memorial gathering to be held at Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church located at S39W32887 Highway D, Dousman, WI 53118, on Saturday, May 18. Time of gathering is at 2 p.m. following with a 3 p.m. memorial service.
Following the service please stay and enjoy fellowship, stories, laughter, some of Bob's favorite “eats” and lots of love. Dress is casual. Any Packers, Badgers or hunting apparel is welcome!
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the following: National Bone Marrow Transplant, www.nbmtlink.org, your local food pantry, www.Dryhootch.org or any organization close to your heart.
Church and Chapel Funeral Service is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com.