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Norbert Kuhr, Jr.
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    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105-9959

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“Norm was a kind and considerate man. He was always helpful. Taught many young men good engineering. He was an excellent design checker. He had much...Read More »
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“My best friend and a great human being who helped me through some tuff times. He was always willing to help anyone anytime. He will be missed. He was...Read More »
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“We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Please let us know if you need anything. ”
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“I am so sorry for your loss. I have known and worked with Norm for the last 22 years. He was a mentor to me in engineering and a very kind spirited...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Jim Winstrand - Romulus, MI

“Kyle and I are very sorry for your loss, and are here for your family if you need anything. We love you guys. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Beth Guzdek - Eastpointe, MI

“Thinking of you all during your time of grief. I love you Rebecca, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
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Norbert Kuhr Jr., age 71, died on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. John Hospital & Medical Center In Detroit, Michigan. He was born March 18, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Norbert Albert Kuhr and the late Lillian (nee: Clinchok) Kuhr.

At the age of 21, Norbert answered the call of his country and served as a sailor in the U.S. Navy from June 1966 to June 1968 during the Vietnam War era. With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we honor his service and sacrifices and extend our posthumous gratitude. It was just a short 8 months later, following his discharge from the Navy, that Norbert's life underwent a beautiful and blessed change when he took his blessed Mary to be his loving wife. And how much more romantic can it get than exchanging your wedding vows on Valentine's Day,…which is exactly what Norbert and Mary did, specifically on February 14, 1969 at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Detroit. The two lovebirds had just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary four days prior to Norbert's passing.

Norbert and Mary would start their lives together and soon thereafter begin a family. Norbert was so proud to become of father, first to a daughter Rebecca and later his son Norbert III. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Norbert was the consummate family man and friend, the kind of guy who supported you in all your endeavors. A man of both compassion and strength, he worked hard for his family and had a giving spirit that impacted the hearts and souls of countless lives whose paths he crossed. If he had a motto, it was "Family First,"…and that's precisely how he was perceived. He loved each of them immeasurably, especially his cherished grandchildren who affectionately called his "Bapa." He leaves behind a storehouse of love and memories for all to embrace with each reflection shared.

Norbert was proudly employed in the field of automotive design and worked for the Oxbow Company in Redford. A loyal and dedicated associate for many years, it was in 2008 that he accepted his well-deserved retirement. For 7 years, with no job to go to, Norbert's retirement years were filled with all kinds of events and activities in an effort to fill the gap,…a gap that would never truly be bridged. So at the age 70, hoping to return to the job he knew so well, Norbert was gladly and happily accepted back at Oxbow to extend the same dedication for which he was known.

When Norbert made the decision to pull himself away from work, he did manage to enjoy some hobbies and recreation that helped to make some wonderful memories. One of these was hangin' out at Stoney Creek Park,…especially when it meant casting his fishing line in the water. Norbert loved to fish, and those experiences were nevermore sweet than when he shared them with his precious granddaughter. He was also quite adept at gardening and took much pride in his masterwork out back. With a green thumb and some tender-loving-care, Norbert's garden was a beautiful expression of the nature artist within.

Norbert will also be remembered for his love of taking little trips in the car. He loved driving and go places, the destination being of no concern at times. There was just something about getting in the car and heading out that provided him many hours of joy. And of course, like many guys, there were his sporting pleasures as well. For Norbert, it was all about baseball and Professional Wrestling. Between those two, he was sufficiently blessed with countless hours of television entertainment,…and the opportunities of getting into these events in the comforts of his home. Then there was three of his greatest loves in life, his treasured and adoring pets. Molly & Princess, his kitties, and Oreo, his dog, never ceased to warm his heart and instill him with a special kind of love as only our pets can give. They were nothing less than an extension of family, the most precious aspect of Norbert's life.

Norbert was the beloved husband of Mary. Loving father of Rebecca (Chad) Mills and Norbert Joseph Kuhr III. Devoted grandfather of Alyssa, Syerra, Gage, and Bryce. Proud fur-daddy of his cats, Molly and Princess; and his dog; Oreo. He was predeceased by his parents; Norbert & Lillian, his in-laws; Clemmer & Mary Shiveley, his sisters; Marie Hafner, and Betty Kanonik.

Visitation for Norbert will take place on Friday, February 24th from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to www.stjude.org .
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