Kenneth D. Kuhn, 61

Kenneth D. Kuhn, of Cedarburg, left this world peacefully the morning of March 12, 2010, surrounded by family and friends at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, at the age of 61. A celebration of Kenís life will be held at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at 2 p.m.. A visitation will take place prior to the funeral service, at the church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pastor Randy Raasch will officiate the service. Burial will take place at the family cemetery in Tigerton.

Memorials to First Immanuel Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the American Diabetes Association are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit or What began as a get well site is now a fitting tribute to Ken, and tells some of the story of his courageous battle, and those who fought it with him.

Ken was born on Nov. 15, 1948, in Milwaukee to Albert and Ruth Kuhn. He lost his father too soon, but grew up surrounded by family. After graduating from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1966, he continued his education as a tool and die maker apprentice. He finished his apprenticeship and became a journeyman tool and die maker in the same year that he married the love of his life, Joanne. They were joined in marriage on April 10, 1971, at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, moved to Cedarburg, and were blessed with twins, a boy and a girl, in 1976.

Ken began and finished his career at Ataco Steel in Cedarburg. He started there as a tool and die maker, working his way to shop foreman and later into management. Recently, he chose to return to the bench, learning computer assisted design, and becoming a well-respected designer and problem-solver for the tool room. Ken was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and served as the head of the safety committee for many years.

It brought him joy and satisfaction to design and create, and this extended well beyond the tool room. His extensive woodworking shop at home is a testament to this love. Ken created many cherished heirlooms for his family and friends to remember him by, all of which showcase the skill, artistry, and love that he put into everything that he created.

When he wasnít designing and building, Ken enjoyed the outdoors. An accomplished trapshooter, he loved nature and spent a lot of his free time hunting and fishing. He owned his own boat, and traveled regularly to the Boundary Waters with family and friends. Lake Kabetogama was particularly dear to him; he vacationed there as a boy and returned to it nearly every year throughout his life. Ken and Joanne loved to travel, and took many hunting vacations, almost always returning with a trophy. His adventures extended to the kitchen as well, where his family and friends were able to enjoy his many culinary creations. A longtime member of First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ken found comfort in Christ, and his personality was greatly influenced by his faith.

Ken had a generous, caring and serene nature that was immediately felt by everyone who met him. A lover, not a fighter, he was expert at defusing crises with humor. He always appreciated a good joke, and even a bad joke or two. He had an infectious smile, loved to laugh, and was constantly joking with the people in his life.

Ken was intuitive and caring, always trying to help people or put a positive spin on life. His optimistic spirit gave him strength, and like his smile, rubbed off on everyone he touched. His honesty and loyalty made him well-respected by loved ones and coworkers alike. Ken was a generous man with a caring soul, and he will be greatly missed by his deeply saddened family, friends and community.

Ken is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 39 years, Joanne (nee Lutzen); his children, Jennifer and Jason (AnnMarie) Kuhn; grandchildren, Benjamin and Samuel Kuhn; sisters, Janet (Wes) Block and Susan (Ralph) Compton; and brother, Dean Hammermeister. He is further survived by special friends of the family: Shelby Trost, Kelly Pfaff, Ron (Dee) Balsiger, and many other relatives and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Albert Kuhn; mother, Ruth Kuhn Hammermeister (nee Spitzer); stepfather, Edward Hammermeister; uncle, Edson Spitzer; and mother-in-law, Angeline Lutzen (nee Barth).
Mueller Funeral Home  in  Cedarburg is serving the family.