George Wesley Kuhr of Bowling Green, KY passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, January 29, 2022. He was 81 years old.
Born in Malta, Montana to the late Lester Henry Kuhr and Grace Erickson Kuhr, George is also preceded by his brother, Walter Kuhr and his sister Sarah Taylor. He is survived by his incredible, loving wife of 44 years, Janice Fay Burch Kuhr; a daughter, Karmen Penrose and her husband Ryan; grandchildren Samantha Bartlett (husband, Ian) of Maryland, Sophia Penrose, Luke Penrose, and his sister Judy Slining (husband, Bill). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews who were dear to him.
Blessed with an incredible sense of humor, George never met a stranger and he possessed an innate ability to sell anything. He could often be found playing cards, sitting on his porch swing, driving on country roads, telling jokes or spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. George volunteered his time at Community Action of Southern Kentucky delivering meals on wheels and transporting patients for Shriners Hospital for Children.
George was a small business owner; most recently pump repairs and 20 years before that, Port Orchard Paint and Decorating in Washington State. He was affiliated with Bowling Green Masonic Lodge #73, was a lifelong member of Warren G. Harding Lodge #260, and served as Master twice. He was raised as a Freemason on March 25, 1963, in Bridger, Montana. George was a Rizpah Shriner and a Templar. He was involved with Bowling Green Commandery lodge #23 and has a lifelong membership of Malta Commandery #18 in Bremerton, WA. George was a Royal Arch Mason with Bowling Green Chapter #38 and a lifetime member of Carbon Chapter #20 in Red Lodge, MT. He was a member of the Kentucky Priory #25 Knights of the York Cross of Honor. He received recognition as a member of the Grand Master’s club of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation in 2002. George was a lifelong member of Poulsbo Order of the Eastern Star #235. He had passed by Worthy Patron several times and is currently associated with Park City OES #128 in Bowling Green, KY.
In his youth, George was involved with DeMolay and was a Senior DeMolay of Carbon County Chapter of Fromberg, MT. George was very active in Freemasonry youth organizations, including DeMolay, Rainbow, and Job’s Daughters; act as advisor and mentor to each of these groups.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the Hospice of Southern Kentucky staff for their endless care and dedication. All expressions of remembrance should be given to Shriners Hospital for Children. to support the transport fund or your local volunteer fire department. The family would also like to encourage you to consider organ donation on behalf of George.
On Saturday, February 19 at 3:00 PM CST, a Masonic Memorial will be held in memory of George at the Bowling Green Masonic Lodge and will interact with Victory Masonic Lodge in Bremerton, WA and Rim Rock Lodge in Billings, MT.
JC Kirby & Son Crematorium has the honor to serve the family during this difficult time. At his request, and because of his love of aviation, George was cremated and his remains will be distributed throughout Montana by loved ones.
Published by JC Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel – Bowling Green on January 31, 2022.