Obituary – Jerome Albert “Jerry” Kuehn

Yankton, S.D. — Jerome Albert “Jerry” Kuehn, 82, Yankton, S.D., died Oct. 4, 2017, at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.
Visitations and a Wake service were Oct. 8 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, and resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 9 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Menominee, with Rev. James Keiter officiating.
Burial was in the parish cemetery, with Military Graveside rites by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791 Honor Guard and the SDARNGHG.
Pallbearers were Scott Sime, Todd Sime, Tim Sime, Brandon Sime, Ben Holmberg and Jeremy Bottolfson.
Jerome “Jerry” Kuehn was born Sept. 22, 1935, in Crofton, to Leonard and Anna (Borgheiinck) Kuehn.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and served until 1959. While serving, he enjoyed traveling to many of the European countries. He then served in the National Guards from 1959-April 30, 1963, and was honorably discharged.  He began work as a brick layer upon returning home. On April 23, 1966, he married Donna Kruse, and they had a daughter, Melissa, in 1970. Jerry began working for the Cedar County Department of Roads as a heavy equipment operator. He spent the next 30 years keeping the county road smooth and clear of snow, retiring in 2001.  In 1998, he was blessed with a granddaughter, Camarie, in whom he took much pride.
Jerry was very strong in his faith; church was very important to him.  He was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church, then moved to Yankton and became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed the times he went with his nephews to the swap meets in Iowa, and the great times going to sprint car races in Knoxville. Jerry’s favorite past time was watching NASCAR. His highlight was attending a NASCAR race at the Kansas Speedway. He spent many mornings at Paul’s Quick Stop having coffee and sharing stories with the guys.  All who knew him, knew how he loved to visit; his favorite topics were NASCAR and the weather. One of the things he enjoyed after retiring, was taking his 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxy to car shows and going on poker runs.
In 2015, Jerry entered the Avera Sister James Care Cente, where he was a resident until his death. He especially enjoyed the visits from the Vets, the many activities and great conversations with his dinner companions.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Donna (Kruse) Kuehn, Yankton, S.D.; daughter, Melissa Stratman (Corey), Hartington; granddaughter, Camarie Stratman, Hartington; sisters, Norma (Dean) Sime, Caputa, S.D., and Cheryl (Art) Bottolfson, Crofton; nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Anna Kuehn.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959.