Wilbur “Ed” Edward Kuenning Jr., age 93, of Celina, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:58 pm at his residence.
He was born July 2, 1927 in New Bremen to the late Wilbur Edward Kuenning Sr. and Ada (Bertke) Kuenning.
On August 2, 1953 he married Wilma L. (Schnarre) Kuenning. They were together for 68 wonderful years and she survives at their residence in Celina.
Other survivors include his children, Druann (Gary) Kuenning Whitaker of Celina, Mark (Beverly) Kuenning of Celina and Kimberly (Rick) Kuenning Werling of Celina; two sisters-in-law, Deloris Kuenning, Moline of Illinois and Dixie Kuenning of St. Marys; eleven grandchildren, Cheridy (Paul) Saunders of Columbus, Ty (Lynda) Eisenmann Whitaker of Cincinnati, Shay Whitaker of Denver, CO, Leisa Butterfield of Galion, Ohio, Julie (Kyle) Schmehl of St. Marys, Jennifer (Nick) Phillips of Celina, Andrew Moriarty of FL, Courtney Moriarty of Columbus, Sharee (Ian) Quick of Troy, Miranda (Mitchell) Hawkins of Texas and Josiah Werling of Washington State; and eleven great grandchildren.
He is also preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Kuenning and Jack Kuenning.
Ed was a 1945 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and he served his country in the United States Navy during the WWII era. He retired from Barr’s Five and Dime in Celina as store manager after 42 years of employment.
Ed was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Celina, Celina American Legion Post #210 and Celina Masonic Lodge #241.
He was active in the community being recognized as the Celina Citizen of the Year. He also played an instrumental part in bringing back the Celina Lake Festival after WWII.
As our hearts ache for the physical loss of Ed, we find solace knowing that he is now with God. He is at peace. And for that, we are grateful.
Visitation hours will be from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, February 14, 2021 in the Cisco Funeral Home, Celina. To conclude the visitation there will be a Masonic Service.
Funeral service will be on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Celina with Pastor Nan Clancy officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Military rites will be conducted by the Celina American Legion Post #210 and VFW Post #5713.
Interment will follow the funeral service at Mercer Memory Gardens in Celina.
Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Celina, OH 45822.
Attendees are required to follow social distancing and guidelines dictated by the Ohio Department of Health, due to the national concerns of COVID-19. Masks are required by attendees at the visitation and funeral service.
Cisco Funeral Homes of Celina & St. Marys are honored to care for Ed and his family.
To pay respects and to leave online condolences or memories, visit www.ciscofuneralhome.com or Cisco Funeral Home Facebook page.
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