Senior Chief Clarence Edward “Ed” Kuehling, US Navy, Retired, age 87, of Saucier, MS, passed away on June 3, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervie and Violet Kuehling; brothers Leroy, Ervie, Jr., and Fred Kuehling. All fromMt. Carmel.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Pat Kuehling; 2 children, Kevin ( Susie) Kuehling; Debbie (Glenn) Sanders; a sister, Eva (Steve) Smith; 2 grandchildren, Wesley (Caroline) Kuehling, and Wayne Kuehling.
Ed graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1950. Soon after he was drafted into the Army. Basic training completed he and Pat married July 15, 1953. Honorably discharged the couple returned to Mt Carmel. Working successfully in construction he joined the United States Air Force Reserves. Working on site of the Mt. Carmel Post Office remodeling, he was spotted by a Navy recruiter who was looking for young men, with his skills, to work with the Navy Seabees. Even though he had 12 years of service in the Air Force Reserves he decided to join the Navy and was soon deployed to Da Nang during the Vietnam War. He remained in the Navy Seabees until retiring in Gulfport MS. As a civilian he worked at the VA Hospital in Biloxi. He was an active volunteer in the Mississippi Coast Watcher’s Club preserving antique military vehicles. His devotion to the United States military was evident throughout his life. His interment was in the Biloxi National Cemetery.
He was a longtime member of Bel Aire Baptist Church of Gulfport. Condolences can be sent to the family C/O the church at 15080 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport MS 39503.