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Ronald J. Kuhn

February 27, 1947 - May 25, 2022

Ronald J. Kuhn Ronald J. Kuhn
    May 31, 2022 | 4:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 E. Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Funeral
  • June 1, 2022 | 10:30 A.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 E. Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Burial Location
    St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Wheaton, Illinois

Ronald J. Kuhn was a distinguished businessman, serial entrepreneur, and dedicated philanthropist.

He was born on February 27, 1947 in Wheaton, IL to Harry and Betty Kuhn, who have preceded him in death.

Ron is survived by his two children Stephen Kuhn of Chicago, IL and Kerri McLean of San Francisco, CA. He was lovingly known as Papas to his 4 surviving grandchildren: Oliver, Vivian, Finn and Scarlett. Although he was an only child, his aunt, Jacquie Deutsch, was like a sister to him, also surviving.

He was raised in the western suburbs of Chicago where he attended St. Francis High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Southern California. After college, he returned to his hometown where he helped transform a small family construction business, Harry W. Kuhn, Inc., into a Chicagoland road building powerhouse. He served as Chairman and CEO until 2011. He also founded Pillar Rock, a prized cult wine produced from his vineyard in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, California.

Ron’s motto was “Remember from Whence you Came.” As a snowmobile racer in his early 20’s, he suffered an accident that left him in a coma for over a month, requiring him to redevelop the power of speech and the ability to walk. Influenced by this experience, he became an ardent philanthropist providing opportunity to people determined to overcome personal disadvantages through hard work, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare. He was especially generous to his alma mater USC, where he established the Ronald J. Kuhn Student Fellowship Fund. Fight On!

Ron had a commanding presence, never took no for an answer, and loved pushing the boundary of what was possible. An avid traveler, he visited all 7 continents before he was 40 years old. Most memorably, he took his son to Antarctica and his daughter down the Amazon River for their twelfth birthdays. Ron was a fantastic golfer, winning many tournaments in his younger days and playing the best courses whenever he could. He loved fast cars and raced Maseratis and Porches into his late 60’s. After relocating to Naples, FL, he loved zipping around the canals and exploring the Everglades in an air boat.

Visitation will be 4-7:30 P.M. Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Yurs Funeral Home 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois 60174. Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Yurs Funeral Home 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois 60174. Burial will be at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Wheaton, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Naples Zoo or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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Teri Kuhn from Saint Charles, IL

"Sad My beloved husband , Ron was taken too soon in his life."

Terry Dibble from Palos Verdes Estates, CA

"Ron was a wonderful, generous friend for life—a true fraternity brother I knew from 1966 on to today. He will be missed as a generous Trojan and friend. YITBOS good buddy."

Karen Clasen from Aurora, IL

"Ron was surrounded by loving family and friends that helped him celebrate life "Ron's way." I have been honored with helping him, and his family, these past few years. Fight on, Ron!"

Mike Coren from Darien, IL

"We are all going to miss a real friend who loved sharing with others in need. God speed and rest in peace my friend."

Maureen Sheffield from Tempe, AZ

"Your care and love for your family will be a blessing to them. Your generous philanthropic Projects are the mark of a truly dedicated man."

Jane Bunch from Wendell, NC

"I will always treasure my relationship with Ron. Not only did we grow up 1st Cousins but I went through a life threatening stroke the same time Ron had his life threatening injury. Ron was extremely and uniquely instrumental in my life at that time and we have maintained a closeness ever since. I will miss Ron very much but believe with all my heart he is in a much better place…in the very presence of our Creator!"

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kuhn family. Our sincere condolences on Ron’s passing. We are sending you much love and wish many blessings bestowed upon you and your family for generations to come. God bless all of you!"

Dan Cretsinger from Edmond, OK

"I was blessed to share life with Ron. We used to go to lunch almost every Wednesday when I was his neighbor in St. Charles. His spin on current events was always thought provoking."

Jeffrey Kohlberg from Arlington Heights, IL

"I was in a business relationship with Ron for over 30 years. He was a good and smart man and after being in business with my father for many years I can say Ron was more like a father then my own father. I just saw that he passed and makes me sad and my condolences to his family. He be missed."

Christine R Cervantes from Statesboro, GA

"Now Ron can finally be with Chantal -"

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