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Raymond Joseph Kueffler
08/02/1914 — 12/20/2001
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Grenora, North Dakota
Raymond Joseph Kueffler
Raymond Joseph Kueffler, 87, of Kennewick, Washington took the hand of the Lord on December 20, 2001, with his loving family by his side.
He was born August 2, 1914 in Grenora, North Dakota to Joseph Kueffler and Margaret Breitbach Kueffler. Raymond was one of 12 children and was raised on a farm near Grenora. On January 7, 1940, he married Vivian A. Smith.He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in France. In 1953 he moved his family to Kennewick, WA where he lived the rest of his life.
Raymond was a painter by trade and a member of Painters local union #427,worked for various painting contractors and retired from McMillin Brothers Construction in 1978. He was also a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
He loved to fish, garden and loved woodworking making many beautiful pieces of furniture for his family, friends and church.
Raymond spent the last 7 years of his life in the Desert Rose unit at Beverly Health and Rehab under the loving care of the staff. He was a strong religious man, a dedicated husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. He will be cherished and missed forever.
He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Ginny and John Bouton, daughter Peggy Kueffler, grandson Michael Kueffler, granddaughters Jaime, Jennifer and Stacey Bouton, great-grandson Coby Suerez, brother Joe Kueffler, sisters Clara, Delores and Margaret and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by Vivian, his wife of 53 years, parents Joseph and Margaret, brothers Norbert, Alfred, Herman and Adolph and sisters Kate, Alvina and Hildegarde.
Rosary will be recited on Wednesday December 26 at 9:15 A.M. with Mass following at 10:00 at St. Josephs Catholic Church, 520 S. Garfield, Kennewick, WA. Burial will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick.
In lieu of flowers donations made be made to Beverly Health and Rehab, 2004 N. 22nd Ave., Pasco, WA 99301 or the Alzheimers Disease Research Center, University of Washington RP-10, Seattle, WA 98195.
Mr. Kueffler was a wonderful neighbor as I was growing up. He always had a smile and loved to kid around. We moved away, but kept in touch as my folks kept the house next door for their retirement. When my folks moved back to Kennewick, they enjoyed being back in the neighbor with the Kuefflers. I will always think of Ray puttering around with his paint-splattered overalls, having the time of his life doing what he loved. Who knows – maybe he and my Dad are up there painting on some new and glorious project! My thoughts are with you Ginny and Peggy and your families!
Peggy, my mom sent me your Dad’s obituary. I am sorry that you have lost your Dad. Did he have Alzheimer’s? My husband’s father died this year too and he had Alzheimer’s. I remember how funny your Dad was and how much he liked to tease us when I came to your house. I can see him with your little wienie dog. We have a dachshund now. Her name is Heidi. Send me an e-mail sometime. I would love to hear from you. Love, Diana