Mark Allan “Butch” Kuehner was born at Gritman Medical center early in the morning of June 21, 1946, to Clarence and Eva (Thompson) Kuehner. He joined sister Carol to make the family complete.
The family purchased a farm on the east end of Kamiak Butte and moved there when Mark was a toddler. He lived there for the majority of his life. His father died when Mark was about 10 years old, and his mother moved the family for a short time to Lewiston while she attended Lewis-Clark State College to get her teaching certificate. He continued his schooling at Palouse when they returned to the farm, attending Pullman High School for a short period until he could drive. He then returned to Palouse to graduate with the class of 1964.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and volunteered to go to Vietnam, serving there from 1966 to 1967, first at Phan Rang and then at Da Nang, where he worked on the flight line as a mechanic and armorer on Phantom jets. He completed his service at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Mont., and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in July of 1968. After returning home, he briefly attended the University of Idaho.
Mark and Susan Williams were married in Moscow in October of 1970. Together they produced three wonderful daughters: Renee, Michelle and Jennifer. They lived on Mark’s family farm. The girls were often outside, playing with the dogs, especially the St. Bernards, and roaming Kamiak Butte. Renee and Michelle were active in sports, and Jennifer was active in Future Farmers of America. The family attended many games and livestock shows supporting them. Mark farmed and raised livestock and also worked as a large equipment mechanic for John Deere and several paving companies. The family spent lots of time in the woods, camping, fishing and cutting firewood. Mark also worked with Keith Mader, and they became brothers in the Spirit, spending time studying the Bible together.
Mark was introduced to Connie Franks in 1993, and they were married in September of 1994. In February of 1995, they added Kyle and Bridger Waterhouse to the family. Mark was overjoyed because for the first time in his life, the boys outnumbered the girls. He spent the next 14 years doing guy stuff with them, which often involved rusty farm equipment and old cars — brakes were optional.
He was a member of Palouse Federated Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10300 of Potlatch and the Eastern Washington Agriculture Museum at Pomeroy.
Mark is survived by his wife, Connie, of Palouse; daughters Renee Kuehner of Viola, Michelle Barringer of Renton, Wash., and Jennifer McDonald (Rob) of Viola; sons Kyle Waterhouse (Sarah) of Palouse, and Bridger Waterhouse (Ashley) of Spokane. He also is survived by four grandchildren, Lars McDonald, Odin McDonald, Ronan Barringer and Thea Barringer; and his sister, Carol Wickenkamp (Kit), of Clarkston.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Palouse Federated Church, 635 N. Bridge St., in Palouse, with the Rev. Corey Laughary officiating and with Potlatch Post No. 10300 and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard participating. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, Palouse. A luncheon in the fellowship hall will follow the service. Memorials to the Palouse Federated Church or to donor’s choice.
Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse is caring for the family. You are invited to leave online condolences and order flowers for the family at www.kramercares.com.