DAVID E. KUCK, age 83
of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:50 P.M. at the Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. He was born on July 10, 1937 on the family farm North of New Bremen, the son of the late Ewald D. and Esther A. (Quellhorst) Kuck. On March 22, 1958 he married Shirley Hittepole, and she died on April 3, 1982. He later married Beverly Berry on July 3, 1999, who survives in New Bremen. Also surviving are his children Robert “Bob” (Cheryl) Kuck of New Bremen, Clinton (Amy) Bollenbacher of Ballwin, MO, and Valerie (Greg) Pierson of Columbus. Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren: Andrew (Brenda) Kuck, Eric (Amanda) Kuck, Ben (special friend Jenna Heitkamp) Kuck, Allison and Emily Bollenbacher, Nathan and Kody Pierson, his great-grandchildren: Leanne, Evan and Travis Kuck, Owen, Nora, and Liv Kuck, his siblings William (Tena) Kuck of New Bremen, and Barbara Dill of Alexandria, VA. Along with his parents, Dave was preceded in death by a step-daughter Teresa Woehler, and his siblings: Frances Reese, Helen Haeseker, Lee Kuck, and Lois Saintignon.
Dave had been a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen for most of his life. He had attended New Bremen High School until his junior year when he went to help on the farm. He started out as a mechanic at the former Tranco Truck and Service in New Bremen, and then in 1964 he went on to own his own business, Kuck Welding, which he operated for many years. He was a 30-year veteran of the New Bremen / German Twp. Fire Department, having spent 20 of those years devoted to being fire chief. With his ingenuity and welding skills, he even built fire trucks for several local departments. He was a member of the Buckeye Farm Antiques and spent countless hours working on his tractors, always getting them ready for competitive plowing contests across the country. Dave won many awards including National Champion in these contests, and which was a passion that he shared with his grandchildren. Dave’s legacy will live on though his work done for others, and for the value of hard work that he passed down to his family.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen with Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. The services will also be live streamed on the St. Paul United Church of Christ – New Bremen Facebook page. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling hours will take place at the church on Saturday prior to the services from Noon until 2:00 P.M. The family asks that masks be worn and social distancing be observed at the services. Memorial contributions in memory of Dave can be made to the New Bremen Fire Foundation (214 N. Washington Street, New Bremen, Ohio 45869) or to St. Paul U.C.C. Memorial Fund (119 N. Franklin Street, New Bremen, Ohio 45869). Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen has been entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences to the family can be left at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.