Obituaries Earl Guy Kiehne
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.