ARIZONA CITY — Alvin John "Al" Kuehn, 90, a Marine Corps veteran of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, died peacefully on Valentine’s Day in Arizona City at his daughter Paula’s home.
Born in Sidney, Montana, on May 23, 1930, and a son of Helen and Gust, Mr. Kuehn joined the Marines shortly after high school and shipped out to Korea, where he participated in the Inchon Landing and became one of the “Chosin Few” as he fought hand to hand combat in the Chosin reservoir battle against the Chinese and North Koreans. Upon returning to Montana, he married Alta Ray in 1953. They moved to Seattle and began a family with three kids, Paula, Neal and Alaine. He was always very involved with his family, coaching baseball, camping and fishing. As a child, he was baptized a Lutheran and always kept his family close to Christ.
After 18 years, he and Alta separated but remained close for life. In 1980 he married the second love of his life, Sibby, who had a daughter, Cyndi. He was an active member of Lions and a proud member of Gideons International, placing Bibles in hotels and working with Sibby in prison ministries. He was so proud when he gave away each of his three daughters in marriage. After selling their home in Seattle, they enjoyed traveling with many couples to and from Alaska and Arizona in their motor home. In 2004 they made a new home in Arizona to be close to Cyndi’s growing family. They were together for 33 years until Sibby died in 2013. In 2014 with declining eyesight, he decided to move back to Seattle, close to family and friends.
He started working for Boeing in the engineering department in the B-52 division as a draftsman and then sold forklifts in the greater Puget Sound region. He also owned an Exxon station and worked at Costco in Arizona until his retirement in 2014. His niece Toni said he was universally well-liked, always active and fun to be around, well-traveled, liked to dance and flirt, tell jokes and told some really good stories. He was much loved and a true gentleman.
He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. He is survived by a brother, Glen, and a sister, Marion. Besides his four children, he has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, with another expected.
Graveside service in Kent, Washington, at Tahoma National Cemetery with military honors will be in March. Due to COVID-19, attendance will be very limited. A video will be part of his celebration of life in May on Zoom. Send a request for a Zoom invitation to email@example.com.
Angels in Waiting Cremation & Burial in charge of local arrangements.