John H. Kuhns Jr. Obituary

Born: 06/17/1949 Passed:
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John H. Kuhns Jr. was born June 17, 1949 in Waterford, Pennsylvania, the second of five children to John H. Kuhns Sr. and Virginia Kuhns (nee Marsh).

John lived the life of a cowboy: hard working, reliable, strong as an ox, tough as nails, on his own terms, and mellower with age. His work with horses was his true passion, and the connection he forged with these animals is what fueled his soul. His jokes were endless, his shots were true, and his dogs adored him.

Preceded in death by his parents, John leaves behind his loving wife Victoria Kuhns, his daughter Katie Kuhns Hughes of Seminole, Florida, her husband Kevin and their daughters Blake & Tess, and his daughter Sara Kuhns Strong of Portland, Oregon, her husband Patrick Strong and their daughters Elaina & Camille. Even when one of his girls was not in his arms or on his lap they were always on his mind, and he lived to make them smile.

Those who had the honor to know John knew he never met a stranger. He was larger than life and his laugh would fill a room. On March 5, 2018 John saddled up one last time and rode off into the sunset. We will not cry because his life is over, but rather smile because it happened.

A celebration of John’s live will be held on Friday, March 9 from 11-1 and 4-6 at the Randolph Community Center located at 1639 State Route 44 in Atwater, Ohio 44201. In lieu of flowers gifts can be made in John’s name to the following organizations:


13 Tributes to John H. Kuhns Jr. Obituary

  1. Chris Kuhns says:

    One measure of a life is the lenght of time stories of that life lives on…Johns story was a colorful one and will be told at our campfires for a long..long time…no need to elaborate the stories wiil always bring a tear of joy to your eyes and laughter to your heart…love you brother John

  2. Kathy says:

    So sorry Vickie to hear of John passing if you need anything please call. John was one of kind and we all loved him.

  3. Jack Sauers says:

    John was a great member of the Fort Le Boeuf Class of 1967. Many of us had an opportunity to visit with John last summer at our 50 year reunion.
    He will be missed by so many!

  4. Janine costello steffens says:

    I am a friend of both. I had short but memorial meeting with John at his home. Vicki introduced me to him and he energy was bigger than life. Very steong and spoke his mind. I had respect for him from that moment. He open his home to me while I visited Ohio. So glad to have met him. God Bless you John and family.

  5. Anonymous says:

    So sorry for your lost. Prayers be you.

  6. Camille Strong says:

    He always made me laugh and taught me some wonderful life lessons, taught me about animals and how to live out in the country. He loved me very much and always made sure to call me when it was the right time. Love you grandpa❤

  7. Nancy says:

    Vicki I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

  8. Mike, Candy, Nick and Jack Wells says:

    Vivki, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. John has touched our whole family and will be missed greatly. His smiles, jokes and stories. His kindness to others. Patients in teaching others his passion. His love for animals. He was a one of a kind wonderful man.

  9. Lisa S. Elder / Encore Express, LTD says:

    So very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful presence when he came to “visit.” Such laughter & endless wild tales. I will think of him often.

  10. Kirsti Bracali says:

    I looked forward to childhood trips to Erie. Uncle John would hold court at the dinner table for hours with stories and jokes. He was always available to saddle his horse and take us for a ride.
    Now, rather than pearly gates, I imagine a large door with a smiling Uncle John greeting everyone with his impression “Well bust my buttons… come on in”

  11. Patty & Jerry Rudolph says:

    Dear Victoria, and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you.
    We were old friend’s of John’s and live in McKean, Pa. We sure have many great memories of him and always enjoyed his company. He loved life, his family, and his animals, and was a kind man with a great sense of humor. RIP John

  12. Sandra Kuhns Williams says:

    When you think of John being gone, you can’t believe it is true. I thought he would hang around longer because there were so many stories and jokes yet to be told, We were lucky to have the great childhood we shared. May your soul rest in peace and your pain be gone.

  13. Jane Galbreath Cowell says:

    Dear Kuhns Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I have some wonderful teenage memories of John, and most all of them involve lots of laughter. I lived in Corry but somehow we met when I was a senior in high school. He took me to my senior prom – though he was a couple years older, he taught me to ride a horse, and he introduced me to Red Foxx’s off color humor! I just heard of his passing, and despite the fact that I haven’t seen him in many years, I was sad to learn that news. He was definitely one of a kind!

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