John Willet Kuhn


John Willet Kuhn, 91, died June 12, 2003 in Payson. He was born Feb. 18, 1912, in the Bethesda community near Weatherford, Texas to Hugh Lea Kuhn and Hattie Jane Lamkin Kuhn.

Mr. Kuhn had many hobbies and interests, including archaeology, family genealogy, and photography, but his greatest interest was competitive rifle shooting.

As a young man, he traveled widely to compete in rifle matches, and placed first in many area and state competitions. It was at a rifle match in Texas when he met -- and was out-scored by- his future wife, Luella. They were married Aug. 2, 1941.

He received his engineering degree from Texas Tech University, and his master's in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. His employment with DuPont led to moves to Denver; Wilmington, Del.; Richland, Wash.; and finally to Orange, Texas, where they resided for 25 years. During those 25 years, he taught youths rifle shooting at his Sabine Junior Rifle Club, which was recognized nationally by the NRA for its excellence.

After retirement in 1977, he and Luella moved to Payson, where he again helped found the local gun club. He also worked in real estate in Payson, and made time to pursue his many interests with intense energy.

He is survived by his daughter, Frances Prim; eight grandchildren, Christy Carr of Bridge City, Texas, Michelle Storms and Amy Thompson of Payson, Michael Kuhn of Corsicana, Texas, Bethany, Brooke, Breanna and Thomas Prim of Tucson, and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Luella Catherine McManus Kuhn; son, Nathan Kuhn; daughter, Gabrielle Kuhn; and grandson, Phillip Kuhn.

Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier, Payson, AZ 85541.

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