John H. Kuekes Jr.

Published 3:17 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Beloved husband and father John H. Kuekes Jr., 88, of Tryon Estates, Columbus, died Thursday, July 8, 2010. Born in Berea, Ohio on December 4, 1921, he was the son of Henry and Maude Mohler Kuekes.

He grew up in Berea, Bay Village, and Lakewood, Ohio, where he met Phyllis Benson, to whom he was married for 66 years. He was an officer in the U.S. Army in World War II, serving in the Pacific theater. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he entered the advertising business, serving with Fuller, Smith & Ross in Cleveland, and Young & Rubicam in Chicago and New York. Later, he headed his own advertising agency, John Kuekes & Associates, in Trumbull, Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Benson Kuekes, and his three sons, Philip John Kuekes of Menlo Park, California, Lawrence Carl Kuekes of Bolton, Connecticut, and Thomas Allan Kuekes of Bakersfield, California. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Lawrence.

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After retiring and moving to the Tryon area, his volunteer activity earned him membership in the Second Wind Hall of Fame.&bsp; He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, Steps to Hope, the Outreach Ministry, Isothermal Community College, Laurel Lake Music Society, and Mountain Views & News.

An online guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.