Phyllis Dorothy (Branning) Kuhl was born on September 23, 1934, to Fred and Hilda (Grundmeier) Branning in Carroll, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Iowa. She received her education at a country school near her home through eighth grade, and attended high school in Manning where she graduated with the class of 1953. Phyllis met her husband, Gene Kuhl in high school. The couple was married on August 15, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, and they were blessed with four children. Phyllis was a stay at home mom and enjoyed raising her children. After her kids were grown, she worked various jobs; including a cook at Ar-We-Va Elementary in Arcadia.
Phyllis’s faith in God and family was everything. She was an excellent cook. She made the best bread and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed gardening. Phyllis was a hard-worker who participated in all farm chores, including butchering chickens. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her and Gene cherished attending their school, sporting and 4-H events.
Phyllis passed away on October 26, 2020, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll at the age of 86 years, one month and three days.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; Gene’s parents, Herb and Alice (Wilhelm) Kuhl; brother, Fred Branning Jr.; great-grandson, Jake Muhlbauer; and grandson-in-law, Ryan Carlson. She is survived by her husband, Gene Kuhl of Arcadia; four children, Connie (Steve) McCollough, Doug (Sue) Kuhl and Kristi (Mark) Hoffman all of Vail, Iowa, and Debbie (Tim) Kraus of Westside, Iowa; grandchildren, Stephanie (Brad) Hinners, Stacie (Scot) Muhlbauer, Bradley (Tami) McCollough, Natalie Carlson, Melissa (Obadiah) Sawyer, Jenny (Justin Siegner) Kuhl, Amanda (Greg) Bellville, Mitchell (Amber) Hoffman, Michael (Kait) Hoffman, Shane (Amanda) Kraus, Caitlynn (Justin) Heiman, and Cara (Nic Rosener) Kraus; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Bret, Colter, Shayna, Alice and Charlie Hinners, Karlie, Ty, Laynie, and Brandt Muhlbauer, Hallie, Aubrie, Dierk, Trace and Clay McCollough, Taryn and Rhett Carlson, Lane, Sebastian, Landon, and Bruce Kraus, Mason Hoffman, Ryder and Calvin Bellville, Maddox Hoffman, and Raven Marie Oxendale; siblings, Beverly (Mike Tomlianovich) Branning of Bloomington, Illinois and Bonnie (Ron) Cornelius of Vail; sister-in-law, Pat Branning of Carroll; brother-in-law, Rollin (Darlene) Kuhl of Irwin, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
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