Bill Kuhl died Sept. 29 after a lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 76.
Kuhl was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon on June 5, 1941 and spent most of his life in Northern California. His parents were Frederick William Kuhl and Winnifred Roberta (Nelson) Kuhl. His sister, Harriett Kuhl Moore, died earlier this year. He attended elementary, junior high and high school in Eureka, California. Then he attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts. When he graduated he went to work as a technician at General Electric's Vallecitos Plant near Livermore. He later worked at Arojet General and then in various technical positions with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He was with LLNL from 1969 to 1997, at which time he transferred to Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked until retirement in 2005. He loved his work and was proud of his contributions to nuclear research.
Kuhl loved to be outdoors and he loved doing things that required the use of his hands. He hiked, hunted, camped and especially loved fly fishing on the Jemez. He made most of his own flies and he always caught fish on them. He was a "fix it man" for his own household or anyone that called on him. He could make anything work. He always collected parts, so he would have them for fixing things.
Kuhl is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean Morehouse Kuhl; his son, Douglas Alan Kuhl and wife, Ana Luz and their daughters, Rebekah Alicia and Rachel Jean; and his son, Nathan William Kuhl and wife, Dorothy Leal, and their children, Holly Laureana, Antony Louis and Mary Tella. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Ruth Morehouse Jones, and her children, Jeffrey David Jones, Elizabeth Lynn Jensen and Timothy William Jones. His sister's children are Sarah Moore Reid and Elizabeth Moore Chiesa.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Chad's Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson St. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87122. Donations may be made in Kuhl's name to St. Chad's Episcopal Church memorial fund or to a charity of your choice. Family condolences may be left on the online guestbook.