Bernard J. Kuhlman
1933 — 2018
Bernard J. Kuhlman, 85, of Petersburg, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at his home, surrounded by family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, September 28, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, with Rev. Mark Tomasiewicz officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post #334 of Petersburg and the American Legion Riders.
Levander Funeral Home of Albion, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Bernard Joseph Kuhlman, son of Bernard “Ben” and Ann (Wellman) Kuhlman, was born March 16, 1933 at Petersburg. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John the Baptist Church and attended St. John’s Catholic School. He farmed with his father east of Petersburg and on June 3, 1953 was united in marriage to Delores Borer at St. John the Baptist Church. Delores passed away the following November and Bernard entered the United States Army in February of 1954. He served two years during the Korean War, was honorably discharged on February 7, 1956, and returned to the Petersburg area where he resumed farming.
On October 16, 1956, Bernard married Lucille Borer at St. John the Baptist Church. The couple lived west of Raeville before moving to the family farm where Bernard farmed, fed cattle, and operated a dairy. In later years, he was a substitute driver for a milk truck route and drove bus for Pope John Central Catholic Schools.
Bernard was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg and the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed heckling his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed polka music, dancing, Nebraska football, and following his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. He was always up for an adventure, whether it be his Sunday afternoon drive to the Sandhills, annual trip to the Burwell Rodeo, family trip to Colorado, or taking his kids and their friends to Worlds of Fun, with him being the only chaperone. He was also fond
of his afternoon naps and watching storms.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lucille of Petersburg; eight children: Paul (Brenda) Kuhlman of Raeville; Judy (Craig) Meis of Austin, TX; Jolene (Kenn) Capler of Neligh; Janice (Joe) Mitchell of Omaha; Duane (Amy) Kuhlman, Joan (Chuck) Van Ert, and Dan Kuhlman, all of Petersburg; Gerry (Christine) Kuhlman of Omaha; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one on the way; three sisters: Bernadine (LaVern) Hoefer of Elgin; Mary Ann (Norm) Mack of Columbus; Pat Stehly (special friend Doug) of Lincoln; along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Ann; wife Delores; daughter Julie; and great-granddaughter Cecilia Capler.
Bernard J. Kuhlman