Julius J. Kuhn

Julius J. Kuhn, 89, of West Bend died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005 at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center.

He was born Oct. 19, 1916 in Waukesha to the late Julius and Jenny (nee Michel) Kuhn and married Beatrice E. Gutjahr on May 3, 1946 in Milwaukee.

Beatrice passed away on April 3, 2005.

Jul graduated from Boys Tech High School in Milwaukee and worked as a machinist at master Lock Co. and Allis Chalmers.

He found time to become a Boy Scout leader and instructed swimming and life saving.

In the fall of 1936 he entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison hoping to be accepted in the near future to West Point.

The death of his father in March of 1937 forced Jul to stop his education and take over Kuhnís Silver Lake Resort with his mother until he entered the U.S. Army in 1942.

He served in the 110th Infantry, 28th Division and during the Battle of the Bulge Jul was wounded in action and his unit was captured by the German Army.

Juls became a prisoner of war. He was freed by American troops in 1945 and received an honorable discharge in November of 1945.

Master Sergeant Julius J. Kuhn was awarded the Purple Heart with cluster, the European Theatre Metal with four battle stars and the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy during the Northern France campaign.

Juls was acknowledged by the King of Denmark for his service during World War II.

Following his discharge, Julius returned to West Bend and in 1949 he opened Kuhnís Beverage Drive-In on North Main Street and in 1955 he opened Kuhnís Decorah Liquors.

He served as a director of the Wisconsin Beer and Liquor Re-tailers Association for 10 years.

Julius enjoyed golfing and traveling to Europe with Beatrice.

He joined the West Bend Rotary Club in 1955 and served as president in 1963. He was also a member of the Disabled Ameri-can Veterans, the Father Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Colum-bus and the Fred A Schaefer Post 1393 VFW.

Survivors include four children, Patricia Nelson of West Bend, Margaret (Jay Kraemer) Kuhn of West Bend, Jane (David) Wilson of Breckenridge, Minn. and Elizabeth Kuhn of Battle Lake, Minn. and seven grandchildren, Jenny Nelson, Antonia Kuhn-Kraemer, Maria Kuhn-Kraemer, Joshua Kuhn-Kraemer, Matthew Riccio, Dustin Riccio and Jesse Hamilton.

He is further survived by two great-grandchildren, Cadence and Sienna Nelson; nieces; nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Vic and Roy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Rev. Gerald Brittain will be the presider, and burial will be Thursday in Holy Angels Ceme-tery.

Visitation at the church only will be Wednesday from 4 until 6:45 p.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend, is serving the family.