Vail Daily obituary: Peter Kuhr, 1938-2015
Peter passed away peacefully on Saturday after a long struggle with diabetes. Peter is preceded in death by his father, Heinz; mother, Ingeborg; first wife, Corrie; and second wife, Reva. He is survived by his brother, Holger (Aloha), and their children; his four children, Ty, LaVon (Mike), Inge (Bruce), and Missie; as well as Reva’s children, Michelle and Michael. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mariah, Aleah, Will, Wyatt, Taylor, Layton, Zachary, Natasha, Michelle’s children, Cole and Ava and many other friends, family and all of the “Coffee Monkeys.”
Peter immigrated to the United States in 1954 from Kiel, Germany. Peter began his long-standing and infamous career as a baker at the age of 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He opened numerous Spudnuts throughout the United States, including Alaska.
Peter married his first wife, Corrie, from Alkmaar, Holland, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1958. All four of Peter’s children were born in Salt Lake City. In the spring of 1970, Peter and his family moved to Denver to own and operate their own Spudnuts in Aurora. After many successful years, Peter and his family moved to the Vail Valley in 1978, where he continued as a baker for Mountain Bakery and Michel’s Bakery. Peter and his second wife, Reva, opened the Honey Bun Bakery located in Gypsum in 1992, where they quickly became the best spot in town for your morning coffee and doughnut. You could always go in and enjoy the latest news and gossip Gypsum’s finest had to offer. Peter and Reva had to close the Honey Bun Bakery in 2009 due to health reasons.
Peter spent his life and raised his family racing on the salt flats, riding dirt bikes, jeeping, hunting, camping and of course, baking. There was nothing that he feared or wouldn’t try. He will be greatly missed by all but his memory and love of life and adventure will continue on.
A celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Gypsum Town Hall, 50 Lundgren Blvd., Gypsum CO 81637.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital under Peter’s tribute No. 39301513; their donation phone number is 800-822-6344.