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Joseph Herbert Kuehl was born to the late Joseph and Agnes (Cuddy) Kuehl on August 18, 1938 and was the oldest of five children. He passed away on January 10, 2024 at the age of 85, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Joe received his Motor Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship certificate in May, 1967 and enjoyed a career in the field spanning over 50 years. He began as an automotive mechanic with Zellers, soon becoming the District Manager and eventually managing all Zellers automotive centres across Canada. In the mid-1980s, Joe returned to his roots in Quadeville with his wife, Opal, to run his own business, Kuehl Auto Service and Sales. He was known far and wide as a highly competent, trustworthy and fair businessman who was always willing to help out anyone in need. A well known “gear head” in the Ottawa Valley, you would see Joe at local car shows right up to his 85th year. He owned and restored hundreds of cars and trucks over the years and had a particular passion for Corvettes, owning 10 of them in his lifetime.
Joe was a strong-willed and wonderfully stubborn man with a heart of gold (and a heavy foot!). You could always find him working hard in the shop fixing a family member’s car while everyone else was out and about having a good time. Occasionally he could be prodded in to joining the family fun, still in his work clothes, but keeping the family in safe vehicles and saving them the time, money and effort was always foremost in his heart. Joe’s hard work was only ever for the betterment of his family. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are forever grateful for his love, his guidance and the values he instilled in all of them.
Joe was deeply saddened to lose his beloved wife, Opal (Irvine), in 2000. A man of faith, Joe was firm in his belief that he would be together with her again one day. Since that time, he also had to say goodbye to his sister Mary Kargus (David), sister-in-law Twila Gilligan and her husband Tom Gilligan, brothers-in-law Bernie Irvine (Sharon), John Irvine (Susan), Raymond Irvine (Bernadette) and Scott Irvine (Celica).
The family Joe leaves behind will miss him every day. His son, Joseph (Jacqueline), his daughter Kelly, his sisters, Margaret Jessup (Dennis) and Mae Consack (Brian), his brother James (Carmel), his brothers-in-law David Kargus (husband of the late Mary Kargus), Reggie Irvine (Judy) and Kevin Irvine (Marcella) and his sisters-in-law Sharon Irvine (wife of the late Bernie Irvine), Susan Irvine (wife of the late John Irvine), Bernadette Irvine (wife of the late Raymond Irvine) and Celica Irvine (wife of the late Scott Irvine). He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Sasha Duguay (Christian), Jasmin Simpson (Matt), Joshua Kuehl, Krisha Ruchlewicz (Josh O’Leary), Zosia Ruchlewicz and Marek Ruchlewicz as well as his greatgrandchildren, Luke, Cameron, Liam and Cole Simpson and Conrad, Conan and Caleb Duguay.
Joe also leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces as well as great nephews and nieces, many of whom were inspired by his passion for hot rods. His nephews Kurt, Scott (Karen Bradley) and Justin (Alyssa) Jessup and Craig (Amanda) and Jason (Katie) Consack are all proud to carry on his passion for wrenching anything motorized. Junior Resmer, husband of Joe’s niece Wanda Resmer and one of Joe’s apprentices, carries on Joe’s tradition of working hard and serving the community by keeping the wheels turning. While cars occupied most of his life, Joe’s other passion was the farm in Quadeville which was once was his mother’s homestead. Many long hours were spent with his nephew Darcy (Monica) Kargus raising and rebuilding the old barns, restoring the farm to its former glory.
Visitation will be at the Heubner Funeral Home, 43 Stafford St., Barry’s Bay, Ontario on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral services will follow at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Latchford Bridge, Ontario on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 11 a.m. The family would be grateful for any donations in lieu of flowers in Joe’s memory to St. Francis de Sales Church in Latchford Bridge, Ontario or the Quadeville Community Centre.
We love you Poppa Joe. (“Likewise babe”).