Marilyn Jeanne Kuhn, of Defiance, passed away, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
Marilyn was born in Bryan, Ohio, on March 13, 1930, to Mabel and Russell Dierks. She was born in veil, making her special at the moment of birth. Part of her childhood was spent in the Toledo Children's Hospital due to a congenital hip. Three children were operated on, but Marilyn was the only one to walk. Even though one leg was 6 inches shorter than the other, she never let it stop her. She graduated from Bryan High School in 1948. On July 30, 1948, she wedded Robert Gene Kuhn.
Marilyn worked as a waitress at LaMars in Bryan for several years until the family moved to Ayersville. She managed the Star Apparel in Defiance when her girls got older. Later in life, she worked at the Deluxe Cleaners. Marilyn volunteered her time to local groups. She served on the board of elections, cooked for the Rotary, led Girl Scouts and Brownies, helped with Bible school, worked in the altar society at church, aided in the Red Cross blood drives and served in Eastern Star. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Defiance for many years.
Surviving Marilyn are two daughters, Sherri (Rick) Bishop of Stryker and Karen (Donald) McAfee in Archbold; four grandchildren, Tondra Vermillion, Peter McAfee, Samantha (Bud) Whaley, Erica (Anthony) Godsey; four great-grandchildren, Courtney Ryan, Ethan Whaley, Madison Whaley, and Carson Godsey; and one great-great-grandson, Elias Ryan.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers, Ted and Charles Dierks; one grandson, Shawn Vermillion.
Calling hours will be Monday, September 16, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. in the Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to the funeral at church on Tuesday starting at 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Defiance, with Rev. David Brobston officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery, Fayette, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Defiance. Online condolences may be made at www.schafferfh.com.