Former Cape Council member Kuehn passes at age 74
Former Cape Coral city council member Erick Kuehn died Monday. He was 74.
He served from March 2010 – November 2011 after being appointed from among 17 applicants to fill the District 5 seat in the wake of the suspension of the seat’s elected member, Eric Grill.
A City Hall regular and prolific letter writer, Kuehn came to Cape Coral in May 2003 after he retired from a career in insurance sales in Elkhart, Ind. He was an insurance agent for 32 years, following a five-year stint as a German teacher.
He said in a 2010 interview after his appointment that he attended his first council meeting to speak out against a proposal the city was floating about metered irrigation systems, and it simply piqued his interest on the local political scene.
Kuehn became what he described as a “self appointed community activist,” admitting that council meetings almost became his obsession.
But it was an obsession that paid off, as he was appointed to council, partially, on the strength of his attendance at council meetings.
Flags in the city will be lowered to half-staff in Kuehn’s memory, officials said.
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