Judy L. Kuhlman

Judy L. Kuhlman, a beloved resident of Elmore, Ohio, passed away on September 23, 2023, at Riverview Health Care Campus, with her husband and close friends by her side. She was 81 years old.

Judy was born in Fremont, Ohio, on August 6, 1942, to Richard N. Myers and Anna Rose Myers (nee Mason). Her parents were the proud owners of the renowned “A Station,” a well-known truck stop in the area. On September 5, 1964, Judy married the love of her life, Richard E. Kuhlman, and together they recently celebrated their remarkable 59th wedding anniversary.

Judy’s journey through life was marked by many achievements and contributions. She graduated from Harris Elmore High School in 1960 and later pursued her passion for Chemistry at Bowling Green State University, where she earned her degree. Following her graduation, she relocated to Columbus, Ohio, with Richard, who was pursuing his graduate studies at Ohio State University. Their journey together led them to Germany for a year after Richard’s commission as an army officer through ROTC at BGSU, and then to Fort Bragg, NC. During this time, Judy dedicated herself to teaching elementary school to the children of army personnel.

In 1967, after Richard’s army service, the couple moved to New Jersey, where Judy worked as a technical literature scientist at Merck in Rahway. In 1973, they welcomed their son, Bret Richard Kuhlman, at Overlook Hospital in Orange, NJ. While still in New Jersey, Judy pursued her entrepreneurial spirit and started her own antique business, “Judy’s Bygones,” specializing in 18th and 19th-century furniture.

After a decade in New Jersey, the Kuhlman family settled in St. Louis, MO, where Judy became involved in several charitable organizations while raising their son, Bret. Their home was known for its warm hospitality and joyful gatherings. After 18 years in St. Louis, the Kuhlmans moved to Richmond, VA, due to Richard’s transfer. Following their time in Virginia, they relocated to Southfield, MI, to be closer to their cherished family and friends.

After five decades of adventures and relocations, the Kuhlmans returned to their roots in Elmore, OH, where they rejoined St. John’s United Church of Christ. Despite Judy’s battle with MS, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 34, she remained committed to numerous charitable activities. Her benevolence extended to Harris Elmore Library, Schedel Gardens and Arboretum, the Fire Department, and a scholarship annuity at BGSU, leaving a lasting legacy of kindness and support.

Judy’s life was further enriched by the foresight of her grandparents, Floyd and Florence Myers, who provided her with the opportunity to inherit a beach house on Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida. Floyd, a founding member who contributed the land for the Annie Silver Club, instilled a sense of community and dedication in Judy, who became a proud and active member.

Judy is survived by her loving husband, Richard E. Kuhlman; her devoted son, Bret Richard Kuhlman, and his wife, Dr. Stephanie Kuhlman (nee Liebmann); as well as her cherished grandchildren, Luke Richard Kuhlman and Jilian Rose Kuhlman. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard N. Myers and Anna Rose Myers, and her brother, Richard F. Myers.

Judy Kuhlman will be remembered not only for her resilience in the face of adversity but also for her unwavering commitment to her family, community, and the causes she held dear. Her legacy of love, compassion, and service will continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing her.

Visitation will be Friday from 2-8pm at Crosser & Priesman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Elmore-Genoa Chapel. Services will begin at 11am on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at the Funeral Home, with Pastor Margaret Mills officiating. Burial will be in Harris-Elmore Union Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be given to Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. John’s United Church of Christ, or Schedel Arboretum and Gardens. Online condolences may be shared with the family at            www.crosserpriesmanfuneralhome.com



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