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TUCSON, Ariz. - Donald Kueneman, 77, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Meridale, passed away peacefully on Sept. 29, 2017, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Don was born in Norwich, son of the late Marjorie Morrison Smith and Malcolm Kueneman. He was raised by his grandparents, Arthur and Edith Morrison on their farm on Platner Brook Road, Delhi. He attended AL Kellogg Central School, as well as many John Deere mechanic schools.
On July 10, 1962, he married his wife of 55 years, Joyce A. Jester of Meridale, who survives.
Don worked for several John Deere dealerships in the area beginning with his grandfather's dealership, Delhi Farm Equipment, when he was 17 years old. After the death of his grandfather and the closing of the dealership, he worked for Lane-Way Inc., Oneonta, for 25 years. After the closing of that business in 1993, he worked for the John Deere dealership in South New Berlin. He was well-known in the area for his excellent mechanical ability.
In 1999, he and his wife moved to Arizona to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Besides his wife, survivors are his son James (Cheryl) Kueneman of Sonoita, Arizona and daughter, Diana (Keith) St. John of Vail, Arizona; three granddaughters, Kylie and Kaelyn Kueneman and Samantha Passetto, who were the "apples of his eye;" and two great-grandchildren, Aiden Passetto, who was his "buddy" and Sakura Delgado. He is also survived by a half-brother, Mark Smith, of Belton, Texas.
At Don's request, there will be no funeral services. His ashes will be interred in the Meridale Pine Grove Cemetery at the family's convenience.
Anyone wishing to may contribute to their local Alzheimer's Association in his honor.
Published on October 13, 2017
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