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James Kuhn 04/22/2022

James Kuhn 04/22/2022

James “Jim” Myron Kuhn, age 78, passed away at home on Friday, April 22, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Jim was born on July 19, 1943, in Clear Lake, WI, to Myron Francis Kuhn and Ruth Irene (Kimball) Kuhn.
Jim graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1961. He earned an Associate degree in Accounting from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UW-River Falls.
He was hired by World Aerospace Corporation as a Cost Accountant and rose to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He spent 38 years with the company until retiring in 2010. During his tenure he was fortunate to meet many of our country’s astronauts.
Jim was one-of-kind, quiet, and unassuming with a ready smile. He was a son, brother, husband, father and friend. He was a farm kid, athlete, milk truck driver, WI National Guardsman, accountant and financial officer, coach, music aficionado, world traveler, animal lover, collector of autographs, and notorious for finding ways to meet famous people. Jim along with one other friend, Craig Nelson started girls soccer in River Falls.
Growing up in Clear Lake he participated in every sport offered, and he had hoped to be a professional baseball player. Many summers you would find him playing first base for three different softball teams.
Jim joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 1966 and did his basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. His unit prepared to go to Vietnam, but when activated was posted in Madison, Wisconsin during the protests.

Jim participated in civil rights through Project Self Help and Awareness (PSA) by working in rural Mississippi and making a connection for many families and children between Mississippi and Wisconsin. Every summer for 15 years Jim drove a bus to Lexington. With others, including his wife and children was an ally in the fight against injustice. Alongside many significant civil rights leaders, he was fearless and determined to make a difference.
Jim married Roberta Jean (Bobbie) Fiet in Sparta, WI, on February 22, 1969. Jim loved road trips which included going to New Orleans and Miami in their first year of marriage. He took his family across the country including to South Dakota, Tennessee, Florida and California. Later he made it to the Caribbean, and enjoyed Europe with his sisters, Linda and Barb.
He also loved the Packers and attended at least one game a season. Finally, he secured Gold Package season tickets, which was a life-long dream.
Jim is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 53 years, Bobbie; two daughters, Stacy (Cory) and Jamie (Mike); his two sons, Jesse (Jamie) and Seth (Daisy); honorary daughters, Jeannette and Carolyn; fourteen grandchildren; sisters, Linda and Barb; and nieces, nephews and many other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (Click hear to donate). A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00AM at Glen Park Pavilion (630-632 Glen Park Road) in River Falls with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in First Congregational Memorial Garden in River Falls. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

20 Comments

  • Sheri and Bill Fowler Posted April 23, 2022 9:56 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Bobbie and family.

  • Brenda Johnson Posted April 24, 2022 8:01 am

    My deepest sympathy to Bobbie and family!

  • Linda(White) Jurisch Posted April 24, 2022 8:41 am

    He will be missed by many, such a great person!!💕👍😀🙏

  • Herb Hoefer Posted April 24, 2022 9:33 am

    Jim served his Lord with integrity and faithfulness. As his pastor at Luther Memorial Church in River Falls for 13 years, he brought strength and peace to our ministry. Now he enters his eternal reward, won for him by his Savior. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

  • Marv Franson Posted April 24, 2022 2:27 pm

    Bobbie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you. Marv

  • Jean Wise Posted April 24, 2022 2:51 pm

    We have many fond memories of Jim and your family! So sorry to here of his passing. He will be missed and remembered by many.

  • Golden Girls and Class of 64, Sparta Posted April 24, 2022 2:57 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss Bobbie and family.

  • John & Gayle Roessler Posted April 24, 2022 4:46 pm

    Our deepest condolences to Bobbi and the family. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  • Diane Pavelski Posted April 24, 2022 4:53 pm

    Sending my sympathy and prayers to you Bobbie and your family for the passing of your mate of 54 yrs. So many memories to draw from to keep your love alive.

  • Kathleen Drecktrah Posted April 24, 2022 7:04 pm

    My deepest sympathy Bobbie and family. May you find comfort in warm and loving memories.

  • Kevin and Becky McAleavey Posted April 25, 2022 7:54 am

    Bobbie, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike and Kay Schmitz Posted April 25, 2022 7:57 am

    Sending love and prayers at this sad time❤️

  • Lisa (Schmitz) Leiner Posted April 25, 2022 8:12 am

    Thinking of your family! Hugs & prayers to all of you.

  • Swede and Kathy Svoboda Posted April 25, 2022 10:11 am

    Bobbie and family, so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Jim was such a nice guy. He will be missed by many.

  • Pastor Frank Posted April 25, 2022 8:00 pm

    Bobbie, God bless you and your family, you will be in my prayers. Praise the Lord, I believe Jim and Lois are having a marvelous conversation as I write this.

  • Linda Dahlby Posted April 25, 2022 8:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Roberta. Sounds like you have many great memories to ease your loss.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.
    Linda and Larry Dahlby

  • Cheryl L Cloutier Posted April 28, 2022 6:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss Bobbi. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Larry and Mary Waters Posted May 2, 2022 3:55 pm

    Bobbi and Family, may God bless you all.
    I really enjoyed couching soccer with Jim.

  • Gordon Peterson Posted May 11, 2022 6:25 pm

    Jim was an exemplary person and good friend while serving in the WI National Guard. Blessing to you his family.

  • Linda (Hansen) Claggett Posted May 17, 2022 8:34 am

    Bobbie and family, so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. I was 12 when we attended your wedding. I will always remember Cousin Jim as a kind and friendly person. May the Lord give you comfort in the days ahead.

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