Rex Conrad Kuhens, 95, piloted one last flight to meet his maker Sunday (June 5, 2016), in his World War II Army Air Corp A20.
Honor, integrity and service were not merely words to Rex, but his code of living. Rex resided at the West Virginia Veteran's Nursing Facility for the last five years.
He was born May 19, 1921, a son of the late Edward and Beryl Tucker Kuhens. He was preceded in death August 26, 2003, by his wife, Anita McIntire Kuhens, whom he married October 6, 1951.
He is survived by two sons, Eric Kuhens and Lance Kuhens, both of Clarksburg; one daughter, Kim Sabo and her husband Jim of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Joel Sabo, Dakota Sabo, Chad Kuhens, and Alexis Kuhens; two sisters, Joann Miller of New Martinsville, and Phyllis (Francis) Moth and her husband John of Kissimmee, Florida; as well as several great-grandsons, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Billy Kuhens, Edward Kuhens and Ivan Kuhens.
Rex was a graduate of Smithfield High School Class of 1939, where he never missed a day of school in 12 years. He was awarded a perfect attendance pin by the State of West Virginia. He served his country as a Veteran in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a pilot on an A20 low level bomber over Normandy during D -Day. Rex and his son, Eric, were in the movie, "No Drums, No Bugles" filmed in Doddridge County in 1971.
He retired from Monongahela Power Company with 40 years of service as an electrical engineer. After retirement, he continued to work for Village Square Conference Center running the large bingo games and returned all of his wages to charitable organizations. Mr. Kuhens was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he was treasurer, deacon and member of Session. He was a member and past exalted ruler of the Clarksburg Elks Lodge No. 482.
Family and friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday (June 8, 2016) at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home with Reverend John Koerner presiding. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery where full military graveside rites will be accorded.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at amoscarvelli.com, a service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.
Published on June 5, 2016