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Rolf Dieter Kuhlow

October 24, 1942 August 28, 2022
Rolf Dieter Kuhlow
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On Sunday August 28th, 2022, Rolf Dieter Kuhlow went to his eternal home holding hands with his wife and surrounded by family members. He passed two months short of his eightieth birthday. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, B. Janell Magee Kuhlow, two sisters, three children and eight grandchildren. His children are Suzette Kuhlow Kent (Peter) of Frisco, TX, Kyle Kuhlow (Tracey) of League City, TX and Kurt Kuhlow of El Dorado, AR. His two sisters, Britta Kuhlow and Karen Houston reside in San Diego, CA. Rolf’s greatest pride and joy were his grandchildren, Connor Rolf Massie (Hannah), Caleb Massie, Christian Kent, Wyatt Mills Kuhlow, Thomas Kuhlow, Suzette Kuhlow Hine (Blake), McKenzie Kuhlow Jackson (Bryan) and Garrett Kuhlow. His sister-in-law, Janice Magee Young of Florien, LA and her children Tyler (Alysia) and AJ (Keith) were also very important members of his immediate family.

Rolf lived an amazing life. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany during a World War II Allied air raid. He immigrated to the United States as a young child and grew up as the adopted son of an Army master sergeant. His early life and his upbringing as a military child led him to develop a deep patriotism and passion for history. He served in the Air Force prior to attending San Diego State University, where he majored in physical education and found his life’s passion in sports, education, and coaching young people. He spent most of his life as a resident of Leesville, Louisiana where so many knew him as “Coach Kuhlow”. Rolf could recite the relay times for the Leesville State winning track team, remember accurately what time the last Cross Country runner crossed the finish line in a key race and would debate for hours with Richard Schwartz the football plays they called at Leesville High School. He loved teaching and coaching. Hearing about his students’ accomplishments brought him pure joy.

He had animated discussions about the statistics for the Houston Astros with his grandsons and enjoyed attending Astros games with his family. A life-long dream was fulfilled when he attended an Astros World series game with his grandsons. Those of you who heard Rolf’s voice on the football field would not be surprised that while seeing the historic sites in Boston in 2017, he was cheering so enthusiastically for the Astros (against the Boston Red Sox) that his voice could be heard reverberating across the same streets where Paul Revere warned that the British were coming.

Rolf loved so many of the experiences that life offered. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, card playing master and loved great food and company. There were many people who were part of Rolf’s special circle of hunters with whom he traveled Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas on great adventures. He loved sitting around a fire with friends. His children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and even children of friends all learned to be fierce card players through hours of card playing challenges with “PawPaw”. He greeted every meal with appreciation and was frequently heard saying this is “the best I’ve ever had”.

He and Janell chose each other as life partners. She dedicated herself to making him happy and through her actions, she made him a better man. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and through this church community found his path to everlasting life.

The legacy that he wanted to leave is one of determination and ability to overcome challenges. He also leaves all he knew with amazing, humorous examples of how we can enjoy what life offers. When you reflect on Rolf’s life, know that he is having a Makers Mark, a slice of apple pie and bidding 7 no trump in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the charity of your choice, the Rolf Kuhlow Athletic Scholarship Fund at Leesville High School, or the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Funeral services for Rolf will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesville, LA. Burial with military honors will follow in Hicks Pentecostal Church Cemetery under the direction of Jeane’s Funeral Service. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pallbearers will be Blake Hine, Bryan Jackson, Peter Kent, Mark Freshley, Dennis Foster, and Stevie Cook.

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Visitation

Friday

2

Sep

9:00 AM 9/2/2022 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/2/2022 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church

120 Alexandria Hwy.
Leesville, LA 71446

Trinity Lutheran Church
120 Alexandria Hwy. Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Funeral

Friday

2

Sep

11:00 AM 9/2/2022 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church

120 Alexandria Hwy.
Leesville, LA 71446

Trinity Lutheran Church
120 Alexandria Hwy. Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hicks Pentecostal Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

3441 Hwy. 121
Leesville, LA 71446

3441 Hwy. 121 Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Memorial Contribution

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In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the charity of your choice, the Rolf Kuhlow Athletic Scholarship Fund at Leesville High School, or the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.
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