Donald (Don) Henry Kuhr

RAPID RIVER — Donald (Don) Henry Kuhr, 61, died on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in an automobile accident on US-2 near Foxy’s Den.

Don was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Feb. 2, 1956, to Lambert and Harriet Kuhr. He was the middle child of five. He attended Northern Michigan College in Traverse City where he earned an associate’s degree in natural resources. He also participated in intramural sports while there as a member of the Buzz Boys. Don went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Michigan State University.

Don worked for the United States Forest Service in Northern Idaho for two years. He married Danna Cheney in 1981. Don began working for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Atlanta, Mich., and then moved the Upper Peninsula in 1995.

Don was an active leader in the Cooks Congregational Church, as well as an enthusiastic outdoorsman. He spent many hours in the forest hunting, and would take any opportunity to tell anyone who would listen more than they ever wanted to know about trees. Don was an avid innovative maker who could often be found in his garage blasting Audio Adrenalin and puzzling over his next creation, or fixing his last. Don never met a problem that he couldn’t solve. He was a proud father who was always supportive of his kid’s activities.

Don is survived by his wife Danna, and children, Bruce (Kallie), Nena and Alyce, as well as grandchildren Gideon, Hope, Joy and brand new Mercy. He is also survived by his four siblings, Mary Kay Cassani, Richard Kuhr, Ann Marie Kostyla and James Kuhr, as well as many nephews and nieces.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at the Cooks Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. with Lon Hider officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to The Arbor Day Foundation ( or Samaritan’s Purse (

The Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements.