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Joyce Irene Kuehn



Funeral services for Joyce Kuehn, 81 of Giddings, were held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner and Vicar Josh Hahn officiating.

Joyce Irene (Beisert) Kuehn was born on June 27, 1940 in Loebau, Texas to Oscar & Amanda (Kasper) Beisert. She was baptized on July 7, 1940 at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau, Texas by Rev. Herbert Hartfield and confirmed on April 11, 1954 by Rev. Robert Studtmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. Her confirmation verse was 2nd Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever.”

Joyce graduated from Giddings High School in 1958 and shortly after married the love of her life Robert “Jim” Kuehn on June 14, 1958 at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Rev. Max Studtmann. They moved to Houston where she was employed by the Worthington Corporation, a pump and compressor manufacturer. In 1970, they moved to Giddings where she worked for Immanuel Lutheran Church, once in the early 70’s and again in the early 80’s as church secretary.

She was employed by Walter Droemer General Contractor/William Droemer and Associates. Then for a short while she was employed by Schneider, Krugler, and Kleinschmidt. In June of 1987, she joined Dean and Keng Paving, which later became Newman and Keng Paving, until her retirement in December of 2015.

While living in Houston, She and Jim were members of Messiah Lutheran Church and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. She was a member of the choir of both churches for a number of years. She and her husband Jim were involved in horse racing and raising cattle. She continued to ranch the cattle after the passing of her husband and son. She also loved volunteering at her church as a checker. Joyce was probably best known for her beautiful voice as she was deemed “the St. Louis Woman” in high school for her performance of the St. Louis Blues. She was also highly sought after to sing for many family weddings.

Joyce passed away during the morning of Friday, June 3, 2022 at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar & Amanda Beisert; her husband, Robert “Jim” Kuehn; her son, Robert Warren Kuehn; her granddaughter, Miranda Paige Kuehn; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice & Erwin Winkler, Florine “ Flo” & Bill Rackel, and Elizabeth “Lizzy” & Lawrence Rackel; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin & Betty Beisert; two brothers-in-law, James Knight and Raymond Fischer, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Beulah & Wesley Steinmann.

Joyce is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shelly & Mark Dixon of Lago Vista; grandson, Judson “J.T.” & Challis Barnes of Buda; three granddaughters, Chelsea Kuehn of Giddings, Victoria & Sam Goldsby of Santa Fe, Texas, and Amanda & Dustin Ashmore of Fort Worth; seven great-grandchildren, Bryson Barnes, Branson Barnes, Jacob Carrizales, Kiley Goldsby, Charlotte Goldsby, Isaac Ashmore, and Andrew Ashmore; two sisters, Jessie Knight of Giddings and Shirley Fischer of Ledbetter, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Serving as pallbearers were Mark Dixon, Judson “J.T.” Barnes, Wayne Rackel, Wayne Knight, Mike Knight, and Tim Knight.

Joyce’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the Texas Oncology team and to Hospice Brazos Valley.

Memorials may be made to the Ring the Bell Campaign at Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the charity of one’s choice.

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