John Fredrick Kuhr

John Kuhr, 82, passed peacefully on October 21st, 2018. He is survived by Fern Nilsen, his dear friend of many years, Donna Kuhr, his sister-in-law (the late Wayne Kuhr), niece Susan (Russell) Tripp, and nephew John (Elissa) Kuhr.

John was raised in Menasha. During high school, he delivered newspapers and worked for a florist. This sparked his interest in flowers and landscaping. John studied at the University of Wisconsin to become a landscape architect. He joined the Army. After discharge, he worked for florists on the west coast. His career with the US Forest Service began with his assignment to the Nicolet National Forest in Rhinelander. Later he transferred to the Forest Service Regional Office in Milwaukee.

John is a long time resident of Milwaukee’s East Side. He enjoyed the neighborhood ambiance, attended local events and festivals, and tended to his beautiful flowers on his 9th floor balcony overlooking Lake Michigan.

John traveled the world, and was fascinated with the travel industry. He started a second career as a travel agent. He planned trips for customers as if he was planning them for himself. He traveled frequently, and enjoyed hearing every detail of trips made by friends and family.

John’s family would like to thank all the caregivers who made John’s final years at the Milwaukee Catholic Home enjoyable.

John’s family will greet friends on Friday, November 9th, from 10-11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 1209 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, 53202, followed by a memorial Service at 11:00 AM, with lunch following at the Milwaukee Catholic Home Residence at 2462 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211.

If desired, memorial donations can be made in John’s name to the charity of your choice.

Parking at Grace Lutheran Church:

Meter parking on Broadway. This is the closest access, and if you have a handicapped placard, you don’t need to pay the meter.
Enter side door on Broadway to avoid stairs.

Free parking off of Juneau: There’s a gated driveway between the main church and the Grace Center that has some free spaces, first come first served.

Messages for the family

  • John and his family where members at Bethel Lutheran Church in Menasha, where my father served as pastor from 1951-1965. The Kuhrs were among the families that formed Bethel when their former church, Trinity, Menasha, joined the LCMS in about 1950. I have very clear memories of his parents, Clarence and Edna, who rarely missed church. I recall Jack (what he was called then) and Wayne from their visits to the parents at holidays. I seem to recall that Wayne died suddenly and that my father went to the Kuhrs home to comfort them in their sadness.

    Soon after my family joined Grace in 1985, John approached me with a wide smile and said, “If it isn’t Jimmy Tiefel”–he knew me as a child. We always talked when we saw each other at church, and he would usually ask about my parents–my dad instructed and confirmed him. We always wanted to get together for lunch to talk about the Menasha days, but never did. One always regrets these missed opportunities. I guess we’ll have to talk in heaven!

  • John was simply a kind, caring and thoughtful friend. I had the good fortune to meet him through my friendship with my dear friend Fern. I spent a few holidays with them at his beautiful condominium. John was the best host—-making sure everyone was comfortable. He never lost his infectious smile even when he faced challenges. I will miss him, but grateful for the times I shared with John and Fern.