Joseph (Joe) Kuether, 60, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021 after battling complications related to pneumonia.
Joe was born on January 18, 1961 to the late Richard Kuether and Lois (Stachovak) Kuether. The family lived for a short while in Rockford, Illinois, and even though he was quite young when he lived there, Joe remembered his friends fondly and Rockford in great detail.
Joe spent most of his life in Wausau. He was a proud member of the Wausau West class of 1979 and enjoyed attending the reunions to see familiar faces and rekindle old friendships. After high school Joe single-handedly put himself through Madison Area Technical College, graduating with a degree in commercial art. Joe loved drawing, photography, and cartooning, and he especially enjoyed creating caricatures.
Anyone who knew Joe realized how special he was- kind, generous, and patient. He had an amazing talent for trivia. He looked forward to sitting down and watching Jeopardy nearly every day with his brother Dan. He was “the guy” if you had a question about music, particularly rock. He was a whiz at Pogo. He had a passion for, and strong opinions about, politics. He loved sports, his Green Bay Packers, old movies and babies.
Joe is survived by his mother, Lois Kuether of Wausau; his sisters Alice Kuether (Greg Strasser) of Wausau, Carolyn (John) Michkowski of Florida, and Jennifer Kuether of Green Bay; and his brothers Daniel Kuether of Wausau and Andrew (Line) Kuether of Minnesota. He is further survived by his nieces Lydia DeBauche and Emma Kuether, and his nephew Henry Kuether. Joe has a large extended family and he will be missed by many uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Richard (Dick) Kuether and his nephew Benjamin Kuether.
We would like to thank the talented and compassionate Dr. Stysly, his caring physician Dr. Bolan, and the kind nurses at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the exceptional care they gave to Joe.
The world was not always kind to Joe, but through his own determination, he persevered. May he rest in peace.