Mar 29, 2012 - StaffWilliam M. "Bill" Kuegeler, 77, of rural Riverton, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his home.
Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton with Robin Stupka officiating.
Wilhelm M. Kuegeler was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Germany the son of Josef and Margarete (Keldenich) Kuegeler.
He attended primary school in Germany, East Los Angeles College in California and California State University.
He came to Riverton five years ago from Tehachapi, Calif., where he had lived for 13 years. Before that he lived in Los Angeles for 10 years, Hesperia, Calif., for 16 years and Cleveland for 10 years upon coming to the United States.
He married Ana Maria Salas in San Diego on Feb. 20, 1958.
Mr. Kuegeler was a painter by trade. He owned his own commercial painting business in Ohio and upon selling that business, went to art school where he became an artist, painter and sketch artist. He also remodeled homes to sell.
His family said Mr. Kuegeler enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, painting, canoeing and gardening, especially apple and other fruit trees.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ana Maria Kuegeler of Riverton; a son, Joseph Kuegeler of Riverton; a daughter, Brigitte Kuegeler of Riverton; nine grandchildren, Eric Kuegeler, Sofia Kuegeler, Dietrich Kuegeler, Katrina Kuegeler, Ayla Kuegeler, Gabriella Kuegeler, Wilhelm Kuegeler, Izabel Kuegeler and Lucas Kuegeler, and 10 great-grandchildren, Taylorae Kuegeler, Gavin Kuegeler, AnaBeth Bornhoft, MollyJean Bornhoft, Carmen Paredes, JennyJo Bornhoft, Erica Parades, Kayel Kuegeler, Ayva Martin and Jaycelea Graves.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to the Angels Cancer Care Program, a program of Wyoming Medical Center Foundation in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
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