David M. Kihm

09/03/1942 - 05/10/2024


Obituary For David M. Kihm

David Kihm, 81, of Bluffton, died May 10th, 2024 at home surrounded by family.

Mr. Kihm was born Sept. 3, 1942 in Ashtabula, OH to Albert and Carolyn (O'Conner) Kihm, who he lost at an early age. He was raised by his brother Bud and his wife Norma.

He married Marilyn (Neiling) on Oct. 1, 1997.

He was among the last freshman class to graduate from St. Gerard's High School, Lima; and the original Lima Central Catholic School at St. Rose, graduating in 1960. He was Senior Class President.

Mr. Kihm proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964. He was stationed at Offutt Air Base in Omaha, NE and Royal Air Base Heyford, England, for 3 years. One of his memories was serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis where 18 B-47 bombers were running and ready to go when Communist Party Leader Nikita Khrushchev blinked first, and stood down.

He was one of the original 35 employees hired at Procter & Gamble of Lima in 1968. He retired in 1997 after working 29 and a half years. Dave enjoyed Civil War history and shooting groundhogs.

He is survived by brothers Tom (Nell) Kihm, of Arkansas, and Daniel (Julie) Kihm, Tipp City, OH.

Surviving are a son, Brent (Marie) Kihm, of Ottawa; a daughter, Danielle Laing, of Columbus Grove; grandchildren, Dr. Amber Kihm; Tyler (Ariel) Kihm; Abigail Laing, and Spencer Laing; step-children, Melissa (Jason) Brinkman; Kristy (Doug) Schweingruber; Tonya (Trent) VanFossen; a great-grandchild, Kaysen Richard Kihm; nephews Greg Kihm, Douglas Kihm, and Joseph Kihm; nieces Maria (Jim) Hicks, Rhiannon (Kyle) Lewis, grandchildren Kylie & Ashley Brinkman; Makayla, Jordan and Addison Schweingruber; and Alexis and Caden VanFossen.

Also preceding him in death were brothers James and Bud; and sister-in-law, Norma (IIames) Kihm; and a nephew Daniel "Little Dan" Kihm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 240 W. Robb Ave., Lima, where the family will receive friends for 2 hours prior to the Mass from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Interment will immediately follow the Mass in Gethsemani Cemetery, where VFW Post 1275 and active-duty members of the United States Air Force will render final military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Putnam County Hospice or to St. Gerard Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at



18 May


09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Gerard Catholic Church 240 W. Robb Ave. Lima, OH 45801 Get Directions »
18 May

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM

St. Gerard Catholic Church 240 W. Robb Ave. Lima, OH 45801 Get Directions »
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  • 05/15/2024

    Dave, peanut butter-butter and mayo sandwiches a bag of Cheetos and a cup of coffee will forever remind me of you. You will be missed.. ❤️🙏🏽 Tasha

  • 05/14/2024

    Marilyn I was so sorry when I received word from Tom Whitney that Dave had died. My sympathy to you and your family. I always liked Dave in high school, so nice and fun to be around! We sure had the best Class Reunions too! I will keep you in my prayers. Grace Brown Verhoff

  • 05/13/2024

    To the entire Kihm family, we send our deepest condolences. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  • 05/13/2024

    The staff of Putnam County Hospice sends our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep David and all his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

  • 05/12/2024

    Brent, Marie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy! Love and hugs!! Brenda

  • 05/12/2024

    I had the pleasure of working with David at P&G for several years before he retired. What a fun, smart and dedicated man he was. My sincere condolences to Marilyn, Brent and Danielle.


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