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Wayne Vincent Kuehler

Wayne Vincent Kuehler, 83, of Wheeler passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020, in Wheeler.
Rosary was recited at 6 p.m. Monday, February 17, in Robertson Funeral Directors in Wheeler. 
Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wheeler with Fr. Jo Konkala as the celebrant and Fr. Nicholas Gerber as concelebrant. 
Burial will follow in Wheeler Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors of Wheeler.
Wayne Vincent Kuehler was born June 15, 1936, the eldest of nine children, to Louis and Elizabeth Kuehler in Munday, Texas. 
He graduated from Morton High School in 1953. 
Wayne ran a local grocery, farmed and worked in the cotton gins and fields of Cochran County. 
He then moved to Dallas and was a store manager for Kroger. There he met and married Toni Willoughby in 1972. 
They moved to Wheeler to join the family farming and ginning at M&M Gin and farms.
Wayne was a founding member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wheeler, where he served as the head of finance until December of 2019. 
He was a former member of the Wheeler School Board, and a lifetime donor to Coffee Memorial Blood Center. 
Wayne retired from farming and raising cattle and moved to his house in town in 2000. 
He spent countless hours driving the Blue Bird and Frye Ranches, checking cattle, ponds, fences and wells and loved them like his own. 
Wayne also devoted his time as a caregiver and companion to friends, Vern Lohberger, Ruth Ledbetter, Glen Elmore and Tom Frye Sr. (and Tippy). 
He loved sports, fishing, crossword puzzles and the Rosary.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, WD and Mary Mitchell and Bob Willoughby; his son-in-law, Ed Rice; brothers, Melvin and Clem; and sister, Debbie Rice.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years and 1 day; his daughter, Vicki Rice of Morton; son, Richard Kuehler and wife, Treva, of Morton; daughter, Bobbie Bruhn and husband, Damian, of Amarillo; and daughter, Reese Munoz and husband, Carlos, of Floydada; 10 grandchildren: Michael Rice, Holly Boggs and husband, Derrick, Kasey Kuehler Brown and husband, Kris, Kody Kuehler, Grant Ledbetter, Grady Ledbetter, Mikaela Bruhn, Hannah Bruhn, Sadie Bruhn and Eli Munoz; four great-grandchildren: Abi, Ethan, Kayleigh and Britton Boggs. 
He is also survived by his sister, Betty Lyon of Morton; brothers: Glen Kuehler and Donnie Kuehler and wife, Kellye, of Lake Alan Henry; and sister, Joan Sowder and husband, Terry, of Morton; sister-in-law, Lynne Kuehler of Granbury; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hefley and husband, Jerry, of Wheeler; brother-in-law, Skip Lovejoy and wife, Jodi, of Claremore, Oklahoma; and countless cousins, nieces and nephews and God children.
The family request memorials be sent to Alcove Care or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wheeler.
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