Robert C. Kuehling died peacefully Thursday April 11, 2013. Born May 6, 1921 in
Washington, D.C., he was one of two children of Elsie Downey and Benjamin C. Kuehling.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen Wiehle Kuehling. A brother, Benjamin C.
Kuehling, predeceased him.
Also surviving is a son, Joseph W. Kuehling, of Norfolk; granddaughter Stacey K.
Petrikas, husband, Peter, of Lakeland, Fl. and great grandchildren Emily and Christopher
of Lakeland; and granddaughter Natalie D. Kuehling, of Deltona, Fl; and a sister, Joan
Brown, husband, Leland, and family of Fairfax. A nephew, Benjamin C. Kuehling III, his
wife Elizabeth and family of Ouray, Co. and a close family friend, Waltraud Downey
Growing up in Georgetown, Bob remembered playing baseball on sandlots adjacent to
the White House. When he and his friends hit balls over the White House fence the
guards cheerfully threw them back.
Bob graduated from Western High School (1939) in Washington and earned a BCS
degree at Southeastern University there. During World War II he served with the Army in
the Philippines and Japan. After separation he worked for the Iternal Revenue Service
until retirement. Bob and Helen have lived in Williamsburg since 1980.
A devout Christian and former deacon of the Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, Bob
was active in Williamsburg Presbyterian Church and attended Williamsburg Community
Most recently, in a long life together, Bob and Helen were known along Duke of
Gloucester Street where they often walked. Bob always had a kind word or a funny story
for locals and visitors alike. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.