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Donald "Donnie" Kuhn

April 19, 1933 — June 29, 2023

Tyler, Minnesota

Donald "Donnie" Kuhn

Donald “Donnie” Kuhn, a beloved father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on June 29, 2023, at the age of 90. His departure has left a void in our lives, but his memory will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Donald Wayne Kuhn was born on April 19, 1933, to William J. and Alice M. (Hugger) Kuhn at home in Lake Benton, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1951.
While in high school, he helped with his dad’s dray line service and worked at the Showboat Ballroom. On October 14, 1952 he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Audrey Christensen. To this union two children were born, Diann and Bryan.

Don was employed by the Lincoln County Highway Department for eighteen years prior to purchasing Don’s Resort and Motel on Lake Benton. He had a great memory and could recall numerous comical stories from the resort days. He also managed the Edgewood Bluff on Lake Benton for a period and served as the maintenance person for the Danebod Lutheran Church and Folk School for fifteen years. He also served as grounds keeper for the Tyler Golf Club for several years.

Don and Barbara Mitchell were married August 3, 1987. He and Barb enjoyed dancing in their earlier days, and they drove bus together to school and casino trips for many years until retirement.

Don was a man of remarkable character, known for his deep love of hunting and fishing. These passions were not merely hobbies but a reflection of his profound connection with nature. Whether it was waking up before dawn to chase the sunrise or spending peaceful hours by the water's edge, he found solace and joy in the great outdoors. His love for these activities was contagious, and he often shared his knowledge and skills with others, creating lasting memories in the process. 

He loved to hear the latest fishing report and was known to tell a good “fish story” himself. He was thrilled to be featured on the Ron Schara’s television show “Ron and Raven” while fishing on Lake Benton. He had a quick wit and was a great joke teller. One of his favorite past times was visiting the metal yard and to try and revive anything with a small engine or tote a “treasure” home. He would refer to it as “going to the mall”. He brought home many bicycles to fix for grandchildren and neighborhood kids. He also enjoyed countless hours sitting on the patio, doing yardwork, watching the birds, and watching westerns and fishing shows on television. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. 

Don embraced the role of step-grandfather with open arms. He fostered strong and loving relationships with his step-grandchildren, treating them as his own flesh and blood. He provided unwavering support, guidance, and affection, ensuring they never felt anything less than cherished members of his family.

Don is lovingly remembered by his love, Barb of Tyler, Minnesota; children, Diann (Robert “Doc”) Powell and Bryan (Janet) Kuhn both of Lake Benton; grandchildren, Jodi (fiancé, Alan Riedel) Greer, Adam (Sara) Powell; great-grandchildren, Noah (Megan) Greer, Zoey and Lucy Greer, Colton and Charlie Powell; stepchildren, Jim (Joan) Mitchell, Tim (Jeri) Mitchell, Tammy Mitchell and Lisa Mitchell; step-grandchildren, Shaun Mitchell, Paige (Tom) Hawkins, Ragan Mitchell, Tarah (Rodney) Bomgaars, Terry Mitchell, Tanner (Ashley) Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell, Isabella Mitchell, Hailey Mitchell, Lydia Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, Joan Mitchell, Chrystal (Mike) Klumper, and Tabatha (Owen) Larson; many step-great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald “Jerry” Kuhn of Waseca, Minnesota; cousins, Audrey Johansen and Janice Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Joyce; brother, Robert “Bob” Kuhn; sister-in-law, Verna Kuhn; and niece, Cheryl Kjergaard. 

He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, but his spirit will live on through the love and memories shared among family and friends.

As we say our goodbyes, let us remember Don for the remarkable man he was. May his love for nature, his zest for life, and his unwavering dedication to family inspire us to cherish every moment and embrace the passions that bring us joy. Rest in peace, dear Don, knowing that you will always hold a cherished place in our hearts.

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