Obituaries Earl Guy Kiehne

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great-grand­chil­dren. Ser­vices were held at the Getz Funeral Home in Las Cruces, and in­ter­ment was at Hill­crest Cemetery. Pall­bear­ers were Jay McKeen, Blaine Thack­ery, Troy Thack­ery, Wayne Shel­horn, Elvin Ge­orge, Craig Kiehne Jr., Char­lie Kiehen, and James Kiehne.

Mr. Kiehne is sur­vived by his son Craig Kiehne and his fam­ily, Pamela Pena, Craig Kiehne Jr., Jo Belle Kiehne, Kyle Kiehne, Jane Kiehne, and Coby Cherry, all of Las Cruces; his son and daugh­ter-in­law and Jo Beth Kiehne of Los Alamos and their chil­dren, Shawnell Corn of Mari­copa, AZ, and Char­lie Kiehne and James Kiehne of Las Cruces; his sis­ter, Lena Shel­horn of Glen­wood; and many nieces, neph­ews, grand-nieces, grand neph­ews, and very spe­cial fam­ily friends. Mr. Kiehne was pre­ceded in death by his lov­ing wife, Ly­dia; his par­ents, Au­gust Wil­liam and Per­feta Maria Kiehne; his brother, Karl W. Kiehne; and two sis­ters Sal­lie Rogers and Estella Wool­rich.

Mr. Kiehne was born in Re­serve in 1927 and grew up in Re­serve and Glen­wood. He was a mem­ber of the Catholic Church and at­tended Re­serve Union High School. When not in school he worked with his fa­ther at the fam­ily ranch on Negrito Creek in the Gila Na­tional For­est. Mr. Kiehne en­tered the armed ser­vices in 1945 and was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1947. His dis­charge pa­pers list “World War II Vic­tory Medal and Oc­cu­pa­tion Medal.” He listed his civil­ian oc­cu­pa­tion as “cow­puncher.” He met the love of his life, Ly­dia Thacker, in Re­serve. They mar­ried in Sil­ver City on De­cem­ber 2, 1949, and lived in Datil and Alam­or­gordo be­fore ul­ti­mately set­ting in Las Cruces, where they spent the rest of their lives. Ear and Ly­dia Kiehen were blessed with two chil­dren, Craig and Terry. Mr. Kiehne worked or the U.S. For­est Ser­vice, and later for the De­part­ment of the Army at White Sands Mis­sile Range as a Se­cu­rity Po­lice Of­fi­cer. His ca­reer spanned 35 years in Civil Ser­vice. He loved to fish, hunt, pitch horseshoes, and spend time out­doors with his fam­ily, and rarely missed the Fri­day night car races. Mr. And Mrs. Kiehne were avid bowlers and made nu­mer­ous life­long friends at the bowing al­ley. He will be missed but never for­got­ten.

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