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Lillian Kuhlman - February 16, 2012


Lillian Kuhlman, age 91, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Rock Rapids Health Centre.
Lillian M. Kuhlman was born on Dec. 17, 1920 at Lamar, Neb., the daughter of George P. and Sadie K. (Hall) Smith. She was raised on a homesteaded farm northwest of Lamar, not far from the Colorado border. She attended country school and continued high education in Curtis, Neb., graduating with honors from Curtis High School in 1939. She received her Normal Teaching Certificate and began teaching.
She was united in marriage to Lester Lock, her high school sweet heart. The couple moved to Oklahoma City in the fall of 1943, while Lester attended pilot training with the Army Air Corps. While Lester served his country overseas Lillian taught school for four years. In late 1944, Lillian’s husband, Lester was killed while serving in the European Theater while piloting the B-24 Liberator.
Lillian decided to pursue more education so she entered the University of Nebraska in the fall of 1945 where she studied Home Economics. On June 6, 1949 Lillian graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in the morning and was united in marriage to Norman Kuhlman in the afternoon. The next day she and Norman moved to Rock Rapids, Iowa. She then began working as a substitute teaching for Central Lyon Community Schools. She also volunteered numerous hours to community organizations and functions.
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids; active with Women’s Circle and taught Sunday school for several years. She enjoyed sewing, golfing, baking and canning. She also was active with many civil groups such as Red Hat Society, Eastern Star and the P.E.O. She especially enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, belonging to a bridge club that met for many years.
In 1999 her husband, Norman, died after 50 years of marriage. Lillian remained active on her farm until 2006, when she moved to Premier Estates in Rock Rapids, Iowa. In December of 2011 she suffered from a heart attack and moved to the Rock Rapids Health Centre, where she died this past Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at the age of 91.
She is survived by two children, Karen (Patrick) Yost of Eldridge, Iowa and Kevin (Gail) Kuhlman of Garner, Iowa; 14 grandchildren, Kristi (Jon) Pauss, Traci (Stephen) Thompson, Jaimi Yost, Mindi Yost, Daniel Yost, Kerri Yost, Michael Yost, Brittani Yost, Corey Yost, Kaci Yost, Jeremy Yost, Lisa (Ibrahim) Gangol, Allan (Mysti) Kuhlman and Paul Kuhlman; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Stevens of Englewood, Colo. and Dorothy Weiss of Imperial, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Marilyn (Jack) Wilson of Grand Island, Neb.; and many other extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Sadie Smith; her first husband, Lester Lock; and her second husband, Norman Kuhlman.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa, with Rev. Dan Kordahl officiating.