SCOTT S. KUENNING, age 64,
Of New Bremen, died on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 1:05 A.M. at his residence. He was born on June 15, 1957 in St. Marys, Ohio, the son of the late Stanley A. and Dona Mae M. (Speckman) Kuenning. On October 21, 1978, he married Linda M. Brown and she survives in New Bremen. Also surviving are his children: Greg (Heather) Kuenning of Cincinnati, Lee (Kendra) Kuenning of New Bremen, Andrew (Lindsey) Kuenning of Minster, Rob (Jackie) Kuenning of New Bremen, and Jeff (Caitlin) Kuenning of New Bremen; his thirteen grandchildren, and a brother Tim (Marilyn) Kuenning of New Bremen. Also left to cherish his memory are his father in-law, Alvin Brown of New Bremen, and his brother and sister in-laws: Lou (Deb) Brown of New Bremen, Leroy (Rose) Meyer of Ft. Loramie, Steve (Agnes) Poeppelman of Minster, Martin (Angie) Brown of St. Marys, Len (Lucy) Gaerke of Coldwater, Alan (Ruth) Brown of New Bremen, and numerous nephews and nieces. Along with his parents, Scott was preceded in death by his mother in-law, Ruth Brown.
Scott was a 1975 graduate of New Bremen High School and had attended The Ohio State University in Lima. He was an involved member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen where he was active as the choir director and also directed the New Bremen Ecumenical Choir. He was also a member of the Minster K. of C. He was the President and CEO of Western Ohio True Value Hardware, a lifelong passion that he helped to grow along with his family. He was also very involved in the surrounding community over the years serving in many capacities including: President of the Minster Kiwanis Club, Bank Director for First National Bank, Minster Businessmen’s Association President, Founder/Director of the New Bremen Alumni Band, Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Auglaize County Alumni Band, Founder and Director of the AC Swing Band, Co-Founder of Lock One Community Arts, active in the Crescent Players; and he was on the O M Scott Co. Retailer Advisory Board and the President’s Council Board of True Value. Scott was also a supporter of New Bremen sports where he was bookkeeper and announcer at the boy’s basketball games for 20 years, was a bus driver for the sports teams, served as the chairman of the Vision Committee for the CBC Center, and he also supported the New Bremen FFA program and the New Bremen/German Twp. Fire Department. Outside of his business and civic duties, Scott enjoyed watching sports and was a big OSU Buckeyes fan. He also enjoyed collecting Winchester guns, family heirlooms, and working on his classic muscle cars. In his spare time he could often be found fertilizing and mowing his lawn or boating and waterskiing down at Lake Cumberland, but what Scott loved most was being with his family – especially his thirteen grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with Rev. Fr. Thomas Dorn, Rev. Fr. Joseph Brown, and Deacon Mr. Martin Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling Hours will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 3:00 until 8:00 PM at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and again on Wednesday morning prior to the Mass from 9:00 until 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Scott’s memory can be made to the New Bremen Foundation (check memo: Scott Kuenning Music Scholarship) or to the Music Ministry at Holy Redeemer Church. Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting the family, and online condolences can be left on the funeral home website at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
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Matthew, Makayla and Micaiah Wilson saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 1:38 pm
To all the Kuenning family, please accept our deepest condolences.
Sam Thobe saysFebruary 3, 2022 at 4:43 pm
Sorry for your loss Scott was a great person. He will be a huge loss to your family and the community he loved.
Mike & Barb Holdren saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 2:59 pm
Prayers and Hugs to all!
Tom Millhouse saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 3:54 pm
My deepest sympathy to Linda and family.
Preston and Carol Meyer saysFebruary 2, 2022 at 5:46 pm
Our deepest sympathy Linda and to your entire family. He touched many peoples lives and leaves his family with beautiful memories. Prayers to all
Roger and Cheryl Barlage saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 3:35 pm
Linda and family- sending our sympathy and prayers. Hugs to everyone. He will be missed🙏
Mark and Carol Hipple saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 3:49 pm
We were very sad to hear of Scott’s passing. Mark has many memories growing up next door to him.
Fred Fryberger saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 4:12 pm
I was most saddened to learn of Scott’s passing. Of course I had taught both Scott and Linda. And I had coached Scott as well. I had kept up with Scott’s involvement with the community. He certainly added a great deal to New Bremen. I’m sure he will be missed by the community, and, of course his family. My deepest condolences to Linda and all her family.
Lois Ruese Rabley saysFebruary 2, 2022 at 9:49 am
Deepest Sympathy to Linda and the entire Family. Prayers and Hugs for healing through the grieving process. Scott will most certainly be missed by the entire community. Hold on to great memories.
Peace and Mercy 🙏🙏
David and Mary Dunlap saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 4:58 pm
We will keep the Kuenning family in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike Tontrup saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 5:57 pm
Sorry for your loss. Mike Tontrup and family
Ronald A Horton, and Gayle saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 7:21 pm
Gayle and I leave our condolences to the family. Long time Lake Cumberland friends and neighbors.
David and Sarah Chalk saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 7:27 pm
Our prayers for God’s comfort during this time of sorrow. He was a truly amazing person and will be greatly missed.
Don Lampert saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 9:53 am
Linda and the entire family, my heartfelt prayers and sympathy at Scott’s passing.
He will be deeply missed … but time heals and good memories will never be forgotten. Scott certainly was an involved and caring gentleman.
Jeff and Denise Opperman saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 7:51 pm
Our deepest sympathy
Vernon and Julia Paul saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 7:57 pm
So sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. He will be missed in the community. Hugs and prayers to the Kuenning family..
Ray and JoAnne neckstroth saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 9:32 pm
We were dad to get this news. Scott was such an addition to the community. His children reflect well his leadership and father mentoring. He has left a great legacy to the community and to the Kuenning family. Please know our prayers are with you as you say goodbye to this fine man.
Donna Wissman Brinkman saysJanuary 31, 2022 at 11:25 pm
My condolences to the family. Scott was a wonderful classmate with a caring giving heart
Scott & Jessica Novitzke saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 8:12 am
Our deepest condolences to the Kuenning family. Scott was a wonderful man with so much love and joy to give. He will truly be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mark Lonzo saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 8:17 am
I’m really sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. I always enjoyed traveling to the hardware store and meeting with Scott and his family. I have fond memories of those visits. My thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and his family. God Bless
Craig and Brenda Siefring saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 8:25 am
Our deepest sympathies to your family. Scott will be deeply missed.
Gary Dues saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 9:51 am
Scott was a friendly, honest man. We had many conversations about his cars. You have my deepest condolences and prayers.
Steve and Angie Vonderhaar saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 11:42 am
Our most heartfelt prayers are with the Kuenning family during this time. Scott lifted everyone up – his family, his employees, our community, the kids and the kids at heart, He truly lived life to the fullest. God bless you Scott, Rest In peace.
Teresa Williman saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 2:31 pm
Please accept my deepest condolences. I have many great memories of Scott and I playing downtown while our parents were working. He was always so kind.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dean xx Greenwood saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 3:57 pm
My condolences and prayers to the entire Kuenning family. I was privileged to know Scott and do business for the nearly 17 years I pastored in New Bremen . I valued our relationship ship and genuinely respected him. He was truly a godly and good man.
Wendy Marie Link saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 8:31 pm
To Linda and the entire Kuenning family., my Deepest Sympathies on the loss of Scott. I know he fought so hard and all of you fought along with him. May he rest in peace and God’s love.. We are praying for you all during this difficult time.
Russ & Donna Haleyy saysFebruary 1, 2022 at 10:34 pm
Our deepest sympathies to the Kuenning family. Linda you have dealt with so many deaths over the past few years with the things that you took care of for Uncle Donnie and Joanna and now Scott. May you find comfort in knowing that Scott is in a better place and might even be orchestrating a choir of angels very soon for he no longer has to deal with the burden of cancer. You will be in our prayers as you lay your love one to rest tomorrow.
Roland Moeller saysFebruary 2, 2022 at 7:10 am
Please accept my condolence
Dean and Kate Hartwig saysFebruary 2, 2022 at 10:11 am
Our deepest sympathy to his family and all who knew and loved him!
Bob Staton saysFebruary 2, 2022 at 12:18 pm
I was sitting at Scott’s service today and one word popped in my head, passion. Whether it was running his business, his community service, loving his family, his cars, music; it was all done with passion. Heck, even the way he mowed his lawn (inside joke). And he had one of the best laughs, straight from the heart.
Jayne Knost saysFebruary 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm
A kind and giving man to his friends and his community. So many moments run thru my mind of our school years together. Linda and family, may your memories bring moments of peace, love and yes laughter – he had the best laugh! Prayers of condolence to you all.
Tom Sommer saysFebruary 2, 2022 at 8:04 pm
Hi Lee and Family,
Your Dad bailed us out one time when I inadvertently locked the doors on our car with the motor running and no one in the car – your Dad saved the day by opening the car.
Please accept our condolences.
Tom Sommer and Family
Jim Scheer saysFebruary 4, 2022 at 8:04 pm
Prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. Jim Scheer
Rod and Marlene Klose saysFebruary 7, 2022 at 8:48 pm
Linda and family,
Rod and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and everyone. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the music programs started by you and Scott, esp. the swing Band. The memories I have off my time with the band are very special to me. I value our friendship.
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