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Mark A. Kuehner


September 13, 2018

Mark Allan (Butch) Kuehner

Mark Allan (Butch) Kuehner

A celebration of the live of Mark Allan (Butch) Kuehner will be Friday Sept. 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Palouse Federated Church in Palouse with the Rev. Corey Laughary officiating. Potlatch VFW Post and a United States Air Force Honor Guard will participate. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, Palouse, and a luncheon in the church fellowship hall will follow the service.

Mr. Kuehner died Sept. 5, 2018, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Born at Gritman Medical center June 21, 1946, to Clarence and Eva Thompson Kuehner, he moved with his family to a farm on the east end of Kamiak Butte as a toddler and he lived there for most of his life. His father died when Mark was about 10 years old, and his mother moved the family for a short time to Lewiston while she attended LCSC to get her teaching certificate. He attended Palouse Schools when they returned to the farm and graduated with the class of 1964. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967, first at Fan Rang and then at Da Nang where he worked as a mechanic and armorer on Phantom jets. He completed his service at Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, Mont., and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in July of 1968.

He and Susan Williams were married in Moscow in October of 1970. They had three daughters and and lived on Mark's family farm. They were later divorced.

Mark farmed and raised livestock and also worked as a large equipment mechanic for John Deere and several paving companies. The family spent a lot of time camping, fishing and cutting firewood.

Mark was introduced to Connie Franks in 1993 and they married in September of 1994. In February of 1995, they added Kyle and Bridger Waterhouse to the family.

He was a member of Palouse Federated Church, the VFW Post at Potlatch, and the Eastern Washington Agriculture Museum at Pomeroy.

Surviving are his wife, Connie, Palouse; daughters Renee Kuehner of Viola, Idaho; Michelle Barringer of Renton; Jennifer McDonald (Rob) of Viola, Idaho; sons Kyle Waterhouse (Sarah) Palouse, and Bridger Waterhouse (Ashley) of Spokane; sister, Carol Wickenkamp (Kit) of Clarkston; and four grandchildren.

Memorials can go to the Palouse Federated Church or to the charity of the donor's choice. http://www.kramercares.com


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