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West Reading Peeps

West
Reading
For Life:
Meet
Edward J.
Kuhn Jr.
by Denise Drobnick

S

ome people put down roots somewhere new and
make it their home; others are planted and know
where they belong from day one. The latter is the
case for Edward J. Kuhn Jr., a lifelong resident of West
Reading and second generation owner of Kuhn Funeral
Home Inc., 739 Penn Avenue. Born at the Reading Hospital
in 1941, Ed grew up living above the funeral home which
was founded by his father, Edward Kuhn Sr., in 1937.

The family lived on-site out of necessity; money was
tight and that was what they could afford. A member
of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Ed went to
catholic grade school and then West Reading High School.
He had a passion for sports and was a member of both
the track and basketball teams, including the 1959 West
Reading state championship basketball team, a highlight
of his senior year. In 1965, he actually started a summer
basketball league in West Reading for junior and senior
high school boys, which he still runs today.
So you might think Ed joined the family business right
after high school, as many parents may have expected a
son to do. But he wasn't so sure that was what he wanted,
and instead became a history major at Mount St. Mary's
University in Maryland, figuring his interest in history
could lead to a teaching career. He credits his father for
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