Michael R. "Mike" Kuhlmann UPDATED

Died: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 26, 2021
Location: 18266 544th Ave. Good Thunder, MN 56037

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Michael Reed Kuhlmann, 39, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in Chaska, MN. on August 11, 2020.
A Celebration of Life for Michael will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, 2:00 pm, at his parent’s home; 18266 544th Ave., Good Thunder, MN. 56037.
Come celebrate Michael’s life with shared memories, food, beverages, music, social time and lawn games.
To honor Michael and his passion for sports, especially baseball and the Minnesota Twins, wear your favorite sports attire.
Please bring your lawn chair for this outdoor event.

Michael R. “Mike” Kuhlmann, age 39 of Chaska, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Michael Reed Kuhlmann (Baebae as he became known by his nieces) was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on January 4th, 1981. He graduated from Mankato West in 1999. He excelled in Baseball, Football, and DECA. Perhaps the accomplishment he was most proud of was being voted “Most Beautiful Eyes”. Michael had eyes that are only gifted to a man whose soul is kind and caring; and possess a heart of gold. The internal beauty Michael had could not be contained and shined through those beautiful blue eyes. After high school, Michael continued his education at Bethany and Augsburg Colleges.

Beyond his magnificent eyes, Michael was known for his fondness of all things outdoors; Fishing, Golf, Baseball, and Hunting. His love for Pheasant hunting came from his father Barry. They hunted together every chance they got. This included taking an annual trip to Medicine Creek Pheasant Ranch in Vivian South Dakota. Michael loved going there so much he started working there as a hunting guide.  

As most mother/son relationships go, when Michael lived at home, he and his mother, Terri, often butted heads. But when Michael was living on his own, there was no one that he talked to more than her. Terri and Michael would speak on the phone multiple times a week discussing anything and everything. The two topics they would discuss most were their weekly recaps of their favorite TV shows (House, Chicago Fire, PD, and Med) and their mutual love and affection for his nieces Julia and Abigail.

Michael’s relationship with his sisters was as goofy and fun loving as any could be. Michael and his sister Amanda loved all things Twin Cities. Their relationship was more of two lifelong friends then a brother and sister. They would golf, go to Twins and Saints games, and explore everything the Twin Cities had to offer. Michael and Amanda’s relationship grew even closer after Amanda had 2 kids, Julia and Abigail. To say Michael loved his nieces is one of the great understatements of our day. He was jubilant any time he was able to play with them.

Because Michael’s sister, Jordyn, was 19 years younger than him, he was not always able to be around when she was growing up. This did not mean that he was not a large part of her life. Michael and Jordyn’s special bond came to life as Jordyn’s passion for softball grew. As a gifted athlete in his own right, Michael loved helping Jordyn hone her own craft. Even after Jordyn finished her softball career; Michael and Jordyn never missed an opportunity to play catch.

When Michael Patrick married his sister Amanda, they loved playing golf and yard games together. He loved Michael Patrick like a brother.

Nothing brought the entire Kuhlmann family together more than watching the beloved Minnesota Twins. Whether at the dump of the Metrodome or the outside glory of Target Field, Michael and his family cherished watching Morneau’s home run, Mauer’s single, Hunter robbing dingers, and Cuddyer being on fire.

Michael had a special love for animals. This love meant that there was never a stray he would not want to take in. Included, but not limited to: two stray kittens, two large wondering dogs, a gecko, and a Degu. But the two animals that captured Michael’s heart were his cat Riley and dog Rosco “Dingo”.

Michael is survived by his parents, Barry and Terri Kuhlmann; sisters, Amanda Aliperto (Michael) and Jordyn Kuhlmann; nieces, Julia and Abigail; grandmother, Donna Larson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends. In remembering Michael and how wonderful of a person he was, three reoccurring themes became apparent. Michael will be remembered most for how charming he was, his heart of gold, and that he gave the best hugs.

Woodland Hills Funeral Home of Mankato is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to his family at 18266 544th Ave Good Thunder MN 56037

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Adam Segar
   Posted Wed August 12, 2020
RIP Mike. You will be missed.

Dan Clement
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
I’m shocked and saddened. I’ve been running through so many memories since hearing this. Mike left an impact on this world. I wish I could have done more to help. Rest easy.

Keith Bos
   Posted Sat August 15, 2020
I was fortunate to know Michael through his father Barry. We went on many pheasant hunting trips. Some day trips and a few to South Dakota. He was fun to be around and great with the dogs. Good memories stomping through grass and deep snow.
Spending time with Michael was a pleasure.
Wishing him many walks in the field with Rosco, Sophie and Axel.
God Bless.

Joshua Bryan Koch
   Posted Sun August 23, 2020
Dear Michael, or as i have called you the last 15 years Mike. I cannot believe you are gone. To say you passed to soon wouldn't be close to accurate. There was so much more life had in store for you my wonderful friend. You will be missed my brother.

Kathy Schultz
   Posted Thu June 24, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Michael's passing today. My heart aches for his family, especially for his parents. May the ache in your heart slowly be filled with warm memories of Michael. Losing a child is often insurmountable. I will offer prayers for your healing.

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