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John Mathew KIHM

August 2, 1935 ~ June 27, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old


It is with great sadness that the family of John Matthew Kihm announces his sudden passing on June 27, 2023, after a brief illness. John was a resident of Phoebe Ministries in Richlandtown, PA, where he was under the care of wonderful nurses and staff. Born August 2, 1935, John was the son of the late Charles and Margaret Kihm. John grew up on W. Sulis Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Olney High School. Upon graduation, he volunteered for service in the Korean conflict where he served honorably on the USS Iowa BB61 Seventh Fleet Flagship, US Department of the Navy; in service with 85 USMC [MarDet] Marine detachment onboard throughout the war. Johns service and patriotism to his country extended beyond Korea with his support for the war in Vietnam. He unapologetically and symbolically displayed his patriotism with his favorite armed forces and US Flag stickers on his vehicles over many decades. Upon his departure from the military, John worked as a trained Union Lithographer in the film stripping department for many companies such as Clarks Printing, Penn Lithography, and eventually retiring from US Bank Note. John raised his family in the Lansdale area where he lived most of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, which included hiking, fishing, target range shooting, and time with his children and grandchildren. He was the most gentle, kind, and understanding person you’d ever meet. His patience and his willingness to please others was one of his most notable traits. He spent hours upon hours of time with his children and grandchildren. From his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America serving as an assistant Scout Master, to a wide range of outdoor leisure activities. John also loved music, having an eclectic taste ranging from Johnny Cash to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his younger brother Nicholas Kihm (Victoria) and grandson PFC John F. Kihm. John is survived by his four sons, John M. Kihm, Jr. (Cecelia), Edward C. Kihm (Rosemary), Brian K. Kihm (Satina), and Scott C. Kihm (Janet), as well as 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Victoria Kihm, and many nieces and nephews. John will be laid to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA. Interment will be private and held on August 2, 2023, which would have been John’s 88th birthday. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 5th. Family and friends will be notified of the time and location.

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