James A. “Jim” Kuehn, 90, of Viroqua, WI, died in eternal life on Friday September 2, 2022. He was born January 24, 1932 to Mary Elizabeth Berry and Alvin Ernest Kuehn at Saint Ann’s Franciscan Hospital in La Lacrosse, WI. Jim spent his childhood in Viroqua, graduating from Viroqua High School in 1950. He then attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1954 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting . After college, Jim worked as an accountant for several years and enjoyed traveling around Europe while his father was stationed in Germany with the US Army.
Jim began his teaching career in 1961 at Cardinal Stritch High School in Chicago, Illinois, before deciding to return to Viroqua. He taught accounting and general business at Viroqua High School, where he met the love of his life, Sandra Sue Quick, a newly hired orchestra teacher. They were married on August 14, 1965, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Viroqua. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received his Master of Science in Business Education in 1967.
Jim was a life member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he was a devoted parishioner, and encouraged deep devotion and strong faith. Throughout his 90s, Jim served as an altar boy, Eucharistic minister, religious education teacher, and reader, and he and Sandra were active in Wisconsin Pro Life organizations. Two of Jim’s passions were golf and Notre Dame football. He was a member of the Viroqua Country Club, where he won several Viroqua Country Club Championships. He also coached the boys’ and girls’ golf teams at Viroqua High School for many years. As a Notre Dame graduate, the fall football season was something he looked forward to every year.
As family has always been a priority for Jim, he has traveled the country to visit his children and grandchildren, actively participating in their daily lives and celebrating life’s important moments. He loved Viroqua and his community, St. Mary’s Church and all the special friends he had here over the years.
He wanted to especially thank Jeanette Amundson for her friendship and spiritual support.
Jim is survived by his four children: Mary Elizabeth (Kevin) Tally, Susan Anne (Jeffrey) Knutson, James Alvin (Jessy) Kuehn and Jennifer Elyse (Eric) Zare; thirteen grandchildren: Aubree, Easton and Sophia Tally; Andrew, Colin, Jonathan and Christopher Knutson, Augustin (AJ) and Evie Kuehn, Aisley, Morgan, Colleen and James Zare; and his sister Gretchen Bohnert. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years, Sandra; and his sister Ann Mary Kuehn.
A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Viroqua. Burial will be in Viroqua Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Viroqua with a parish rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 7, 2022 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the morning until the time of the service at the church. Instead of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred, with proceeds going to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and other charities dear to Jim.
Thorson-Popp Funeral and Cremation Services in Viroqua is entrusted with its services. Online condolences: www.thorsonpopp.com