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Charles A. Kuhns Jr., owner of a moving company for 38 years, died Thursday at home after a nine-month illness. He was 70.

The Niagara Falls native graduated from Deveaux School for Boys. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Tufts University.

He served from 1956 to 1959 in the Air Force, stationed in North Carolina, Ontario and California. He was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1959.

Mr. Kuhns then took over Kuhns Moving and Storage, founded by his father in 1924. Until 1996, the firm was affiliated with Allied Van Lines. He retired in 1997.

He was president of the New York State Movers and Warehousemen's Association for two years. He also served a term as chairman of the board of the New York State Movers Tariff Bureau and served on the executive committee of Workmen's Compensation Group 251.

Mr. Kuhns was a member of the Niagara Falls Jaycees, where he received a city and state Outstanding Young Man award, and the Niagara Falls Rotary Club, which honored him with its Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation Award. He was twice president of the Niagara Club.

He served on the boards of the Niagara Boys Club, the Golden Age Club and Niagara Frontier County Club, Porter. He was active in the United Fund, serving stints as vice chairman of the commercial division and co-chairman of special gifts.

Mr. Kuhns was a Cub Scout leader and scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 816 for 11 years.

He received a Niagara Personality Award from the Niagara Gazette and a Tops Man of the Week Award from WHLD Radio.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Edwina F. Ryan; two sons, Bryan C. of Niagara Falls and James A. of Prides Crossing, Mass.; a daughter, Catherine A. McFee of Hemlock; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services are private. Entombment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.


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