Karl Eugene "Gene" Kuhnhausen

May 12, 1936 ˜ January 1, 2022

Karl Eugene Kuhnhausen was born in The Dalles, OR, on May 12, 1936, He was the second of five children born to Karl and Caroline (deConinck-Smith) Kuhnhausen. He passed away Jan. 1, 2022, in Vancouver, WA.
Gene spent the first three years of his life in various logging camps in Klickitat County where his father was a tree feller. In 1939 the family moved to Glenwood where Gene’s father took over his father’s 100 acre farm. The seven years spent on that farm were full of explorations and “free range” fun. Here Gene learned to love fishing in Bird Creek which meandered through the farm. His love of fishing took him to many rivers and streams.
In 1946 Gene’s dad sold the farm and moved the family to Vancouver where educational opportunities were more available. Gene attended Lewis Elementary School, Shumway Junior High School and Vancouver High School from which he graduated in 1954.
Gene married Betty Nierstheimer in 1961 and adopted her two children, Rand and Melody in 1962. They divorced in 1975. He married Evelyn later that year and a divorce in that marriage took place 8 years later. His last marriage was to Wanda Daugherty in 1984 that ended when she passed away on April 1, 2019.
Gene always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked which led him to be successful in the Volkswagon repair shop he owned and ran with his friend, Neil Kimsey. When automobiles became more computer operated, he sold that business and founded Kuhnhausen Door Company that installed and repaired garage doors. He operated that business until he retired at the age of 82.
Gene was very active in the Vancouver Elks Lodge 823 where he was involved in many civic activities. He moved through the “chairs” of the Elks to become Exalted Ruler. Gene enjoyed the brotherhood of the Elks and developed many longtime relationships with his “brothers” in the “Elks”.
Throughout his life Gene was an avid golfer and bowler. He bowled in several different leagues during his lifetime, bowling a 300 game on a couple of occasions.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, Kasey; his wife, Wanda, his son, Rand Kuhnhausen; and his stepson, Robert Williams.
He is survived by his daughter, Melody Ross grandsons, Ryan and Jack Ross; stepson, Randy Williams; his daughter-in-law, Rachael; and grandson Casey;his sister, Becky Petersen (Dick); His brother, Dale; and his sister, Lois Hill (Craig); seven nephews, four nieces, 11 great-nephews, 7 great-nieces, four great-great-nephews, and one great-great-niece.
In retirement, Gene enjoyed camaraderie at Jake’s Bar and Grill. All of Gene’s friends are invited to gather at Jake’s on May 12, 2022, at 12 p.m. (the first Anniversary of his birthday since his passing), to share memories and to celebrate his life.
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Published by The Columbian on Jan. 9, 2022.
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I am so sorry to read about Gene's passing. He was the greatest guy and best garage door repairman ever. It didn't matter what time of day or where I needed him, he would come. He will really be missed by a lot of people.
Carla W.
January 15, 2022
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