James A. Kuhlman

James A. Kuhlman, 85, of Quincy, Illinois, died on October 10, 2023, at Blessing Hospital. Jim was born on August 26, 1938, to Arthur ‘Art’ W. Kuhlman and Kathryn Metzger Kuhlman in Quincy. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Fred Kuhlman, also of Quincy.

Jim went to St. Francis Catholic Grade School and Christian Brothers High School. He attended Quincy College and was in the Army Reserves. Jim’s father, Art, founded Kuhlman Construction Company in 1936. Upon his retirement, Jim, along with his brother Fred, co-owned and operated the company until 2012. Jim was a true craftsman, and his work can be found in many places around the community; most notably, the John Wood Mansion and the original Gem City Savings and Loan building.

He married Sharon Reis Kuhlman on July 12, 1996. She survives. He is also survived by his children: Katherine Kuhlman Rosanova of Lake Zurich, Illinois, Christopher Kuhlman of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Mark Kuhlman of Freeport, Florida, and Karen Kuhlman (Robert) Amos of Barrington, Illinois; four grandchildren: Isabella Rosanova, Nora Kuhlman, Finn Kuhlman, and Eliza Amos; and two sisters: Mary (Mike) Drymiller of Moline, Illinois, and Ann (Larry) Budde of Berlin, Wisconsin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed a close relationship with Sharon’s children, Tony (Melissa) Reis, their children Alex (Haley) Reis, Parker Reis and Aubrey Reis, and Greg (Cindy) Reis, and their children, Connor Reis, Taylor (Reagan) Reis, and Cooper (McKenzie) Reis and one great grandchild, Olive Rey Reis.

He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. He was a long-time supporter of Quincy Notre Dame High School and the Knights of Columbus. In his later years, he loved to feed his birds, his squirrels, be outdoors and he never passed up an opportunity to indulge in ice cream and chocolate in any form!

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 16, 2023, from 4-6 p.m. at the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Duker & Haugh Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery immediately following the mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Network https://alzheimerscaregivers.org/donate/, Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/?form=alz_donate, or Quincy Notre Dame. The Duker and Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Becky Foley on October 12, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    He was such an awesome man, I always considered him as an Uncle. He will be missed

  2. Ryan Reis on October 12, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Jim was an all around amazing man. Always enjoyed chatting with him. He impacted many people’s lives in so many ways. Prayers to the entire family.

  3. Perry Terwelp on October 12, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Prayers to the family.

  4. Fran Adolfs on October 12, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Sharon, Greg and Tony. I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a great guy and truly will be missed.

  5. Linda Kuhlman Hall on October 12, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Jim was a class act all the way! Such a caring son, awesome carpenter & world’s best brother-in-law❤️

  6. Bill and Debbie Greving on October 12, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts will be with your family this upcoming week.

  7. Bonnie Lutener on October 12, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Sharon and family. I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a great guy and I always enjoyed seeing you at the Harrison HyVee. May the wonderful memories you have help you in the coming days. Prayers to all of you.

  8. Carol McCaughey Sheller on October 12, 2023 at 11:12 pm

    Sorry to learn of Jim’s death, Sharon. Thinking of you.

  9. Todd & Tina (Pollock) Reichert on October 13, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Sharon and Family – we’re so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Mary Angell on October 13, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Jim was a kind soul, spent time with him and Sharon when my sister Gayle was ill.. He would come in and give me a hug and would say How you doing and then he would give me another Big Hug! His kind heart never went unnoticed… RIP Jim you deserve it . To Sharon many prayers for you in the difficult days ahead.. ❤️🙏

  11. Michael and Victoria Haxel on October 14, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers

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