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Herbert A. Kuchling

Herbert A. “Herb” Kuchling, age 78, of Quincy, died Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 7:20 am in his home.

Herbert A. Kuchling | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, IllinoisHerbert Koppe was born March 17, 1939 in Germany. He was placed in an orphanage after the death of his parents, and was adopted in the 1950’s, and brought to Quincy, by Ernst and Augusta Recksiek Kuchling. On May 16, 1965, he married the love of his life, Lois Rhodes in St. Mary’s Baptist Church in Plymouth, Illinois. She survives.

Herb was a graduate of Quincy High School. He trained as a diesel mechanic and upon finding that no job opportunities were available, he switched to automotive mechanics. He was turned down for a job by the Lincoln-Mercury dealer near his home, so he offered to work for a month with no pay, just to have a chance to prove himself. He succeeded and a month later was on the payroll. He went on to work for the Volkswagen dealer at 11th & Maine, working his way up to service manager. He was there for 13 years. Herb decided that he did not want to be a service manager for the rest of his career so he started Quincy Rustproofing. His business soon grew from rustproofing, to pin striping, vinyl roofs, to a full line automotive accessory store.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Lois, include a son, Jeff (Venus) Kuchling of Canton, MO; a daughter, Krista (Terry) Hochgraber of Fowler, IL; two granddaughters, Alexis and Audra; and three step-grandchildren, Destyni, Makay and Harmyni Combs of Hannibal, MO; a sister Ilse Kuss of Germany; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Landers and Pat (Gene) Whitford; two brothers-in-law, Jim (Betty) Rhodes and Chandis Stewart; numerous nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Bonnie Grist.

Herbert was preceded in death by parents, a brother, Fritz Koeppe, three sisters-in-law, Irene Owen, Evelyn Stewart, and Alice Jones, and four brothers-in-law, Clarence, Ray, Dean and Dale Rhodes.

Services: 11:00 am Monday, August 14, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Pastor Gary Wallace officiating.

Inurnment: Quincy Memorial Park, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Monday August 14, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Great River Honor Flight or a charity of the donor’s choice


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Krista and family,
    I am so sorry to see that your Dad passed away. Believe me I know how hard this is for all of you. Please know that I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Sending a special hug to you Krista and your Mom.

  2. Herb was always So Sweet, would make a funny comment and chuckle! He had the most interesting stories! Hope you get to hear more from the perspective of other’s. Love ya ALL!

  3. We just wanted to express our sympathy and gratitude to the family. Herb and Jeff were our “go-to” guys for so many repairs and accessories during our business years in the area. Their word was as good as gold, if they said it, you could take it to the bank. Herb was one of a kind. God Bless.

  4. Jeff and family, We are so sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and comfort during your time of loss and sorrow. Always enjoyed speaking with your dad when we were down having something added to one of our vehicles.

  5. We are sorry, Lois and family, to learn of Herb’s passing. A good man and family. God Bless.

  6. Lois we are so very sorry. Our hearts are aching. We are here if you need anything at all just call. Come anytime.

  7. Lois, we are so sorry for to hear of Herb’s passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Sharon and Andy McWhirter

  8. So very sorry Lois. This is a surprise to us. The last time we saw you 2, all was well. We moved to Southern MO the end of June. Would love to see you again.
    Sincerely, Jan & Dale Corrigan

  9. Your family will be in my prayers. Herb was a great guy always had a pleasure talking to him when I came to the shop.

  10. So sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. Deepest sympathies to the family.
    Larry and Melinda Moore

  11. Jeff and Venus our prayers are with you and your family. If there’s anything you need let us know.

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