Ron Kuhlman 1944-2017



OKLAHOMA CITY – Ronald Kuhlman of Newcastle died Saturday March 4, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital from complications related to lung surgery.


He leaves his wife of 50 years, Ruby (Canary) Kuhlman, his son, Lee Kuhlman and wife Elizabeth of Newcastle; his daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Holmes and husband David of Newcastle; his brother, Steve Kuhlman and wife Debbie of Moore; his sister, Sue Sixkiller and husband Connie of Oklahoma City; his two grandchildren, Dr. Micah Warren of Kansas City and Jacob Kuhlman of Newcastle.  He is survived by two sisters in-law, Shirley Kuhlman and Betty Noles; a number of nieces and nephews; and many friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Estella Kuhlman; his brother Samuel Kuhlman; his brother-in-law, Ernest Noles; and a grandson, Benjamin Kuhlman.


Born on September 15, 1944 in Chickasha, OK and raised near the small farming community of Cogar, Mr. Kuhlman is the oldest of the four children. He attended school through the eighth grade at Lone Rock School, a two-room schoolhouse in Cogar and graduated from Minco High School in 1963.


On the advice of a friend’s father, who happened to be an Air Force flag officer, he joined the Air Force after high school specializing in electronics.  On a side note, he missed being drafted into the Army only by a matter of days.  Mr. Kuhlman would go on to dedicate 21 years to the Air Force until retirement in 1984 and continued his service to the country by contributing another 22 years of service to the Federal Aviation Administration.


In 1966, he met the love of his life, Ruby Canary, on a blind date set up by a friend. On September 17 they were married and last year celebrated 50 years together.  During their five decades together they traveled the world.  In 1980, they learned to square dance on a little island in the Atlantic.  Although they took several breaks over the years, they always returned to the dancing they enjoyed, even serving in top leadership roles in various organizations, including President of the Central District Square Dance Association.  When Ruby was unable to dance, he spent many hours as a Square Dance Angel, helping to teach others to dance.


Mr. Kuhlman had a special place in his heart for children.  He enjoyed being Santa Claus during the holidays and for many years played this part distributing gifts to children at The Children’s Center, J.D. McCarty Center and Ronald McDonald House.

His jovial attitude and willingness to help those in need will be missed by his family and his many friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 10 at 2 PM at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Newcastle, OK with graveside services to follow at Pocasset Cemetery, with full military honors.

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