Always one who strongly valued his relationship with others, Neal Stanley Kuhnhausen passed away peacefully with family and close friends by his side.
Born in Portland to Bernice and Ross Kuhnhausen, Neal was the oldest of four children, later joined by sisters Jan, Shelley, and Amy, who he lovingly teased throughout his life. Growing up in NE Portland, Neal’s perpetual smile and outgoing personality allowed him to easily make friends during his time at Beaumont and Fernwood Elementary, and at Grant High School; many of whom he kept his whole life.
In his youth, Neal spent countless hours riding his bike through the streets of Portland. His love for adventure reached new heights after high school with many weekends spent exploring the Pacific Northwest. Eventually, trips grew in distance and length of stay. A short planned trip to the family beach house, his favorite destination, more than once, turned into extended journeys to Montana, California, Mexico, Hawaii and beyond. Often pushing the limits, Neal never shied away from experiences that others may have thought too dangerous. His innate curiosity and feeling of invincibility gave him the opportunity to see things that others never could and he loved reliving these times with his family and friends.
In 1972, Neal realized his calling was with the family business, Kuhnhausen’s Furniture. Working in every capacity possible, he spent the rest of his career helping guide the store toward it’s 100th year in business, an accomplishment that he took much pride in. He was very passionate about his work and was a perfectionist who used his impressive creative and artistic skills to fix anything he could. He felt very lucky to work with several family members and developed life long friendships with many customers.
In 1977, while enjoying a leisurely bike ride through Laurelhurst Park, Neal crossed paths with his future wife, Marilyn Svetich, who was also out for a ride. They wed on July 19th, 1980. The next summer, their oldest, David, was born. Two years later, Lisa joined the family. Nine years passed before Sara came along. Always fully involved in every aspect of his children’s lives, he treasured them and was proud of their accomplishments.
Neal is survived by his wife and children; sisters, Jan Stewart, Shelley Howard, and Amy Crawford; step-mother, Pat Kuhnhausen; step-siblings; and many nieces and nephews.