Thomas Kuehner

Obituary of Thomas Kuehner

Rev. Thomas M. Kuehner, age 54, of Corning, NY went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Tom was born on October 17, 1962 in Corning to Edward and Sue (Senkulics) Kuehner. He married his high school sweet heart and best friend, Deborah Gehl, on February 8, 1986 in Corning.

Tom graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1984 where he received a full ROTC scholarship. He served in the United States Army in Germany with the Military Police from 1984 to 1988.

Tom loved his family with his whole heart. Spending time with his children and grand-children was the highlight of his life. He had endearing nicknames for those closest to him, and he brightened any room with his laughter and smile. Tom was often referred to as a gentle giant.

Tom served as a pastor at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post. He had many responsibilities in his role at Victory, but his passion was working with missionaries both locally and around the world bringing hope to people in several nations.

Tom and his wife enjoyed traveling and working on their home to make it a place where people could gather and feel loved. He enjoyed leading small groups with teens and adults, and he made everyone he talked to feel important. He always found ways to help others without any care of recognition. His humble spirit followed him everywhere.

He is survived by his wife Deb; two daughters, Stephanie Kuehner of Corning and Nicole Kuehner of Spring Hill, TN; son, Joseph and wife Michelle Kuehner of Lexington, KY; grandchildren, Malakai and Charlotte; his father Edward Kuehner; brothers, Elmer (Fredaann) Kuehner of Campbell and Richard (Jeanette) Kuehner of Horseheads; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Sherry Gehl of Corning; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces, nephews, and cousins on both sides of the family. Tom was preceded in death by his mother Sue and by his brother Edward.

Calling hours will be held at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church on Monday, July 31st from 11 - 1 and 5 - 7 PM. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 10 AM at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post.

Memorial donations in Pastor Tom's name can be made to The Potter's Hands Foundation. P.O. Box 1564 Corning, NY 14830. www.thepottershandsfoundation.org

Tom's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.