Luther "Lou" W. Kuhlman, Jr., 79, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, March 19, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Luther and Evelyn Kuhlman. The family moved to Levittown, Long Island where Lou attended elementary school and graduated from Division Avenue High School class of 1960.
Lou served in the U.S. Navy for seven years on the nuclear submarine, USS 'Skipjack'. Following his nuclear engineering education, he became a training supervisor at Shippingport Nuclear Station and later a shift supervisor at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Unit. His career as a test and start-up engineer took him to: Catalytic Engineering in Philadelphia; Salem Nuclear Generating Station; River Bend Nuclear Project; Shorham Nuclear Generating Station; and Palo Verde Nuclear Station under the Arizona Nuclear Power Project. He retired to the mountains of North Carolina where he designed and built his own home. Lou started a business "Special Places" where he designed and built small structures and home additions.
Those passing before him included: His parents; two sisters, Eileen Shroyer and Deborah Downey; two daughters, Lisa Kuhlman and Laura Ferrin; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and two special Border Collie buddies, "Molly" and "Dundee".
Lou is survived by his wife, Kathy; a brother, Ronald (Sue) of Long Island; a sister, Mary Moos of Rhode Island; two granddaughters, Dr. Tara Van Bommel (Jeremy) of Portland, Oregon, and Melissa Ferrin of Tampa, FL; a grandson, Michael Kuhlman, of Denver, Colorado; a brother-in-law, John Shroyer, of Lexington, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, Saturday, May 14 at 2 PM. Memorial donations can be made to: Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, 86 East Hickory Knoll Rd., Franklin, NC.