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     Larry Kuhn, age 79, of Lamar, Missouri passed away at his home Saturday, September 30, 2017.

     Larry was born May 23, 1938 in Lamar to Lloyd William and Katherine Aurora (Dowell) Kuhn.  After graduating Lamar High School in 1956, he moved to Springfield and attended Drury College and SMSU, where he graduated with two master’s degrees in psychology and sociology. On June 2, 1962 he married Mary Fesperman, the love of his life, in Bokoshe, Oklahoma. 

     Larry worked at St John’s Hospital Psych Ward during college and then for the Federal Government and Springfield Housing Authority.  In 1975, he and Mary moved back to the family’s Century Farm, started in 1902.  The farm was where his heart was, where he was raised with a strong work ethic, and learned pride in family.  He and his two brothers lived together with their families on the farm, where they worked together in harmony to raise crops and cattle, and tend to the Kuhn Orchards.

     In addition to his responsibilities on the family farm, Larry held a membership in the Metro Club and Lamar United Methodist Church, where he sang in the church choir during his youth He served his country in the Missouri National Guard for 9 years. As a member of Missouri Second Calvary Re-enactors, he enjoyed riding his horse Whizzer, in many events as well as speaking to schools about the Civil War. He and Mary taught Ball Room Dancing together.  Larry also served on several boards including Board of Directors for Ozark Mental Health Council, Barton County Health Department, Farm Service Agency, and Barton County Electric.

     Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Mary; two sisters-in law, Betty Kuhn and Mary P. Kuhn. Additional survivors include several nieces and nephews; Kim Kuhn, Richmond, Virginia, Michelle Dowell Kuhn, Lamar, Christian (Paul) Dowell Alberty, Olathe, Kansas, Mark (Hazel) Dowell Kuhn and son Harrison Dowell Kuhn, Enterprise, Alabama, Jacob (Annette) Kuhn, Lamar, Amy Kuhn, Carthage, Missouri, Sherie (Mike) Smith, Bill (Shelly) Ainsworth, and Jim (Mittie) Ainsworth, all of Bokoshe, Oklahoma; and a host of great nieces and nephews whom he loved.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Roger, Dan, infant brother and grandparents Albert and Sarah Kuhn and Amy Dowell.

     Services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Daniel Funeral Home with Rev. Don Keithly officiating.

    Contributions are suggested to Barton County Library or Barton County Humane Society in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Comments  

#16 Golden CityMary 2018-01-29 15:09
My deepest sympathy to the family of Larry Kuhn.
#15 Tom and Diana Richards 2017-10-07 15:27
Dear Mary: Our most sincere sympathies are extended to you. It was my pleasure to have known Larry years ago and also the last few years at rehab. He was always the most pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly guy around. I am thankful to have known Larry. Sorry we didn't make it to the funeral but have been touring the east coast the last couple of weeks and only learned recently of Larry's passing.
#14 LamarJohn & Marcia Bary 2017-10-04 07:09
Larry was truly a treasure with a special soul. Our sincere sympathies are extended to Mary and the entire family.
#13 Lamar moDavid & JoanTurner 2017-10-03 16:22
A nice man who will be missed. May God's mercy be with you and your family
#12 Lamar, MOLisa Heath 2017-10-03 13:27
Mary, Larry was such a great person. I always enjoyed visiting with him and listening to his stories when he was in the office. Praying for peace and comfort for you and all the family.
#11 Chuckie 2017-10-03 13:08
RIP, Uncle Larry. You are one of a kind. Minnie, our love and prayers to you.
#10 LamarBill &Shirley Gaither 2017-10-03 11:03
Larry will be missed by so many friends and family. To me and so many around my age he was just Uncle Larry.When Larry was around it was always a good time with stories,friendship and maybe some wine. I will always remember visits to your house and the apple orchard.
#9 Lindsay Loveall Pennell 2017-10-03 10:15
I am so sorry for your loss Mrs.Kuhn. He was a pretty special guy. I always think of him and Whizzer when I would hear his name. For a young girl who had a love of horses, he was the kind of guy you idolized. Prayers for comfort during this time.
#8 Key largo flIrma woodward 2017-10-03 09:08
So sorry to hear of your loss. As Franny would say he was a gooden
#7 Jan and Neal VanGilder 2017-10-03 05:52
Mary, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry was a one of a kind guy! I served a few committees with him and enjoyed working with him. Neal and I are praying for your comfort!

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