Bruce “Brucie” Kuhlmann 70 passed away on June 28, 2015 surrounded by his wife Nickie, and two sons Kevin and Kelly. Bruce had been hospitalized after heart valve replacement surgery May 21, 2015. He overcame many obstacles during his recovery, and there were many miracles, but finally decided to meet Jesus on June 28, 2015.
Bruce was born in North Platte, Nebraska March 22, 1945 to Kenneth Kuhlmann and Irene (Von Behren) Kuhlmann.
As a young child Bruce was a rancher in North Platte. Later, as a young adult, he decided to make aviation a profession and spent nearly his whole life in and around aviation. As a teenager he worked and the airport and advanced through his career serving as Chief Pilot for Lockwood Corporation, Wyoming Central Aero-Ways, Chinook Resources, and Dome Petroleum.
Aviation took Bruce and the Family to many places including Gering/Scotts Bluff, Nebraska; Casper, Wyoming; Douglas, Wyoming; Denver, Colorado; St Louis, Missouri; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
After Dome Petroleum Bruce moved the family to Missouri From Colorado and begin a 20-year Career with the Federal Aviation Administration. He ultimately moved to Oklahoma City with the FAA to oversee Out of Agency Training for the FAA, from which he retired from in 2012.
During retirement Bruce was able to achieve a life long dream and purchased a motorhome they named “The Bus”, and was able to travel with his wife Nickie.
Bruce and Nickie were finally able to move to St Louis in 2015 to be closer to their two sons and grand children.
Preceding him in death were his parents Kenneth and Irene and sister Arlene.
He is survived by his wife, Nickie, sons and daughters-in-law Kelly and Michelle Kuhlmann, Kevin and Jeanette Kuhlmann, and 5 grandchildren (Hannah and Kyle, Grant, Kendall, and Alexander) and sister, Donna Kuhlmann Bailor.
The body was cremated and private services to celebrate his life were held by the family.