Blaine I. Kuhn, 81, of Newark, Delaware, previously of New Castle, Delaware passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at home surrounded by his family and loving wife of 59 years, Joann (Mason) Kuhn. He is also survived by his daughters, Vicki Davis (Michael Lowman) of Severn, MD; Donna Kitts (Daniel Tharby) of Newark, DE, Lynn Irwin (Jeffrey) of Middletown, DE; 5 grandchildren, Krista Haun (Kevin), Ryan Davis, Emily Kuhn, Michael Irwin, Matthew Irwin, great-granddaughter, Madison Haun and his brother, John Kuhn (Carol) of Middletown, DE. Blaine was predeceased by his son, Wayne L. Kuhn.
Blaine attended Brown Vocational High School graduating in 1956. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1958 and served until 1964. Blaine worked as a mechanic for Sevy’s Auto Repair and International Harvester. Following that, he worked as a diesel mechanic for N.K.S. Distributors (where he was known as the Stud Man) retiring after 30 years of service. Blaine was a proud member of Teamsters Local 326. He was a long time member of Asbury United Methodist Church in New Castle, DE. He had a love for NASCAR racing and was a big fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. #3. He enjoyed Frank Sinatra’s music and movies. Blaine had a passion for animals, especially his grand-dog Jack who was his “furry-friend”. In his earlier years, he took pride in physical fitness including weight-lifting with his longtime friend David Morris. In his later years, he continued his fitness regime with his close friend Bruce Braughton. His early career with the Coast Guard led to a lifetime passion to include lightships, especially the Overfalls in Lewes, DE. He enjoyed the time he spent with Author J.F. “Jay” McCarthy gathering information for his book, “Collision at Sea” which featured many stories and pictures of Blaine’s time spent aboard the Lightship Relief. Blaine especially enjoyed weekly visits from his great-granddaughter and apple of his eye, Madison Haun who always brought joy to his heart and delicious home baked goods for his sweet tooth.
A viewing will be held at Beeson Funeral Home, 2053 Pulaski Highway, Newark DE 19702 on Monday June 24, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am with a service at 11:30. A Committal Service will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Circle, Newark, DE 19711 or the Overfalls Foundation, 219 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.