Donald W. Kuhls, 85, of Platteville, died on May 20, 2013 at Southwest Nursing Home in Cuba City after a long illness.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Lutheran Church of Peace, Platteville. Rev. Jeff Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Platteville. Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Melby Funeral Home, Platteville, or from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Donald W. Kuhls Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.

Donald was born on February 17, 1928, the son of Harry and Nora (Kamps) Kuhls, on the Kuhls family farm near Platteville, where he lived and farmed his entire life. He attended Big Patch School, graduated from Platteville High School. Don was united in marriage to Betty L. Marty on June 2, 1951 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 7, 2005. Don served in the Wisconsin National Guard, Company M 128th Infantry from 1946 – 1954. He was a leader in the National Farmers Organization for over 40 years, where he was past president. He served on the Grant County Board of Supervisors. After retiring from farming he worked as a courier and delivered x-rays from area hospitals to St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison to be read for several years. He was lifelong member of the Lutheran Church of Peace in Platteville and served on their council.

He is survived by three children: Donald James “Jim” (Cathy Dolphin) Kuhls of Deerfield, WI, Dory (James) Carow of Belvidere, IL and Deborah Kuhls of Las Vegas, NV; 8 grandchildren: Jamie, Jason, Jonathan (Jamie Miller), Joshua and Elizabeth (Ronnie Mueller) Kuhls; Tom (Elaine) and Tim (Dawn Frederick) Carow and Jessica (Thomas) Ferguson; 7 great grandchildren: Tyler, Kiera, Isabella and Emalee Carow, Hannah Ferguson, Tristan and Nelson Donald Kuhls, two brothers, Richard (Geri) Kuhls of Platteville and Francis (Donna) Kuhls of Stevens Point, WI and sister Marion (Delbert) Dailey of Cuba City; sisters-in-law Marie (Amos) Peterson, Ann Olson, Dorothy (Duane) Skaar, Shirley (Robert) Gust and Helen Kirch; and multiple nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and god children. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Nora (Kamps) Kuhls, his wife Betty L. (Marty) Kuhls, brothers Harold James Kuhls, Robert (Lois) Kuhls and infant grandson Austin Kuhls , brother-in-law Walter (Hazel) Marty, Norman Olson and Art Kirch, sisters-in-law Ruth (Odell) Hendrickson, and Willie Shumate.

Donald took great pride in maintaining a beautiful family farm that has been in his family for multiple generations, caring for his wife of over 50 years until her death and their three children. He enjoyed working with other farmers and maintained a custom combining business until his retirement. He loved just being at home on the farm and traveling with his children and other family members. He maintained his independence as long as possible and took great care to not burden others. He enjoyed visits from family and friends who were remarkable in their thoughtfulness and caring. He particularly enjoyed monthly “Marty lunches” and Helen Kirch’s home-baked pies. He had a warm, caring and forgiving heart and disclosed later in life that if he had to do it again, he would call himself “DW”.

Don and family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jeff White and staff and to all the wonderful staff at Southwest Nursing Home in Cuba City. Don would like to express his thanks to Pastor Pedersen and his assistants from the Lutheran Church of Peace who comforted Don during his wife’s illness and according to Don, Pastor “changed his life” during a visit including communion not long before his death.