Doris Adele Kuhn

March 5, 1924 ~ August 25, 2020 (age 96)


Doris Adele Kuhn

March 5, 1924 – August 25, 2020

Born in Delhi, California on March 5, 1924 to Frances Marie Hughes and James Hobart Smith, she was the youngest of four children, her 3 older brothers, were Harold Smith, Delbert Smith and Donald Smith. Mother of 5 children, Glen Kuhn, Bill Kuhn, Douglas Kuhn, Paul Kuhn and Carla Hunt. Doris is survived by her youngest son Paul Kuhn and her daughter Carla Hunt.

Grandmother to 12 grandchildren, Matthew Kuhn, Phillip Kuhn, Benjamin Kuhn, Austin Kuhn, Bret Kuhn, Brenna Dix, Seth Kuhn, Daniela Kuhn, Chad Kuhn, Laraine Hampton, Adele Thomas, Hannah Swan, and 5 great grand-children Chloe Kuhn, Avery Kuhn, Aiden Kuhn, Levi Kuhn and Asher Thomas. Doris was preceded in death by her husband Willard Robert Kuhn and her sons Glen Kuhn, Bill Kuhn and Douglas Kuhn, grandson Benjamin Kuhn and brothers Harold, Delbert and Donald.

After graduation from Livingston High School she joined the Navy and served as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Instrument 3rd Class from December 1944 to July 1946 when she was honorably discharged. After her discharge she attended the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, where she met her husband Willard Robert Kuhn, they were married on February 14, 1948 in Walnut Creek, California.

She worked as a rural postal carrier for the US Postal Service in Livingston, California for 18 years until her retirement. Often stopping to help herd back to their pasture cows or other farm animals that had gotten loose.

She was an accomplished sculptor. Carving from an early age, she presented her grandfather a gift of lifelike carvings of his two dogs which she carved with a pocket knife.  After raising their family, Doris and her husband were able to turn their attention again to their love of art, collaborating together to sculpt beautiful wooden carved carousel and rocking horses. Many of which reside across the country.

In the spring of 1956 Doris became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she was associated with the River View Congregation in Delhi, California. 

She believed very strongly in the promise Jehovah God makes in the Bible at John 5:28,29 where it says “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out”.  We her family look forward to that event taking place soon in the future.

Due to COVID restrictions, no formal services are scheduled.


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