Kevin John Kueny, 51, died July 15, 2004. He was born Sept. 21, 1952 in Wichita, Kan. and moved to Phoenix, Ariz. with his parents in 1953.
Mr. Kueny is survived by his wife, Heidi; son, Keith James; daughters, Jennifer Frausto, Nerissa Kueny and Katrina Kueny; sisters: Ann Henn and Kay Talerico; and grandchildren Ethan Kueny and Hannah Parks.
He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Vergene Kueny.
Mr. Kueny graduated with honors in 1971 from Florida Air Academy as a Cadet Officer; then entered the U.S. Army and served four years as a life saving instructor and in scuba rescue. He was honorably discharged in 1975, after which he served for two years in the Navy Reserves as a hospital corpsman.
Mr. Kueny attended Glendale Community College where he received an associate of arts degree. He went to Biosystems Institute in Phoenix and graduated as a respiratory therapist. He became a Registered Respiratory Therapist, after which he completed an advanced post graduate internship program at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif. After one year, he attended the University of Redlands, Redlands, Calif. where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in business.
Mr. Kueny moved to Kansas for a position as Cardiopulmonary Director. He then went to work at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. as a Respiratory Supervisor. While there, he met the love his life -- Heidi.
While in Kansas, Kevin attended Ottawa University and graduated with a master of arts degree in Human Resources/Healthcare Management. He was Administrator/ CEO for Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Grundy Center, Iowa for five years, and Administrator/CEO for Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Neb. for three years.
In 1997, Mr. Kueny and his family moved back to Arizona where he worked at Boswell and Del Webb Hospitals, and then worked at Fresenius Medical as an Area Administrator. He worked from 2000-2004 at Payson Regional Medical Center as a Department Director.
He wrestled grizzly bears and mountain lions -- his record was 21-2.
Mr. Kueny was passionate about his love of God, his family and his country. He will be missed.
Donations can be made to the Mountain Bible Building Fund at 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson, Ariz.