John P. Kuechmann age 87, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 16, 2019 in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was born on Dec. 27, 1931, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, son of the late Theodore and Antonia (Isselmann).
John married Victoria Ringsmuth on August 22, 2014. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. Shortly after leaving the Navy, John attended watchmaking school in Elgin, Illinois where repairing watches and clocks became a life long career and passion. John officially retired July 31, 2019 from the Diamond Showcase in Wausau, where he had worked for the past 23 years. John worked for the Kryshak family in the jewelry industry for 57 years. John was also well known for his pool shooting excellence.
Survivors include his wife: Victoria Kuechmann Wausau, Wisconsin; one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Beryl Kuechmann, St. Augustine; one daughter, Kim Kuechmann, Aurora, Illinois; one grandson, Kevin Matthew, Nahunta, Georgia; and great granddaughter, Ella Grace, Nahunta, Georgia; two step-sons, Ben from Merrill, Wisconsin and Mitchell from Wausau, Wisconsin. One sister Judith Knickelbine, Manitowoc, Wisconsin and brother and sister-in-law, CDR Jerome and Barbara Kuechmann, USN Ret, Rutherford, N.C.
John was one of 7 children - 4 brothers and 2 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Antonia Kuechmann, 3 brothers - Father Theordore Kuechmann, James Kuechmann, Charles Kuechmann and Edith (Kuechmann) Sylvester.
Cremation has occurred at Helke Funeral and Cremation Services, Wausau, Wisconsin. A Celebration of Life was held for friends and family on August 22, at the Domino Bar in Wausau, where folks gathered to raise a toast to John at one of his favorite establishments.
Rest well dear Dad, John, "Keech" where we know you are already fast at work ensuring all the clocks in Heaven are chiming at the same time. We love, miss you, and will forever cherish the times we spent together. God bless you and keep you safe until we meet again.
"The clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in time.
For the clock may soon by still."