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Rev. Thomas Kuhn

Deceased: 2008-12-04

Diocese: TOLEDO

ICTE Spring: 1993

The Rev. Thomas W. Kuhn, 77, of Tiffin, died Thursday morning, Dec. 4, 2008, at St. Francis Home in Tiffin.

He was born March 7, 1931, in Tiffin, to Albert and Hubertine (Mueller) Kuhn.

Survivors include two brothers, George (Virginia) Kuhn and John (Dorothy Mae) Kuhn, both of Tiffin; a sister, Elizabeth Ann Kuhn of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Albert “Pete” Kuhn; and a sister, Kathleen Sexton.

Upon graduating from Calvert High School in 1949, he entered seminary training for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. He attended Xavier University, Miami University, Notre Dame University, University of San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Berkley. The Rev. Kuhn held many degrees in theology, philosophy and secondary education administration. He was ordained May 25, 1957, in the Diocese of Toledo, and was assigned to St. John in Delphos from 1957 to 1965 as pastor, principal, director of athletics and as director of drama.

In 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Chaplains School and retired 27 years later with the rank of captain. Throughout his military career, he served in the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and many locations in the United States, including Washington D.C. and Hawaii. While in Hawaii, he was the fleet chaplain, commander in chief U.S. Pacific Fleet.

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he was appointed pastor at St. Bernard and the Mother of Sorrow Parish in North Auburn, until his retirement in 1997.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, a ceremony of reception of the body and vespers are to take place with visitation following until 9 p.m.

His body is to lie in state for family and friends 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with Bishop Robert Donnelly officiating. A rosary is to be prayed 15 minutes prior to Mass.

Burial is to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted by the United Veterans Council.

The family requests friends join them Tuesday after the burial at Elizabeth Schaefer Apartments for a luncheon and fellowship.

At the request of the church and family, in lieu of flowers, make memorials to Calvert Catholic Schools, St. Joseph Church, St. Francis Residents’ activity fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.