Funeral Arrangements Announced For Man How Drowned At Sandstone Falls Saving His Step-Daughter

SANDSTONE, WV (WOAY) – Funeral Arrangements have been announced for Pete Kuhn, the man that drowned trying to save his step-daughter.

The obituary can be viewed below by Melton Mortuary:

Pete Shannon Kuhn, 47, of Beckley WV passed away Sunday June 3, 2018, at CAMC after drowning in the New River at Sandstone Falls rescuing his daughter.

He was born in Beckley, WV on February 3rd 1971, moved to Baltimore MD when he was 16. He spent most of his adult life in Statesville NC, where he met his wife, Jennifer Gamble Kuhn and was married on June 16 2012. He moved back to Beckley WV recently, where he worked as a carpenter at Tru Line General Contracting. He attended Stepping Stone Church and enjoyed listening to Pastor Jeff Perdue. He loved to fish, spend time at the river, camp and, be with family.

Those left to cherish his memory include by his wife Jennifer Gamble Kuhn, of Beckley WV; his son, Josh Kuhn of Essex, MD, his daughters, Lydia and Charlez Sawmiller of Beckley, WV; 3 brothers, Gary & Shirley Kuhn of Lester ,WV, Larry Kuhn of Mocksville, NC, and Tommy Kuhn of Statesville, NC; two sisters, Donna and John McMillion of Iron Station, NC and Kathy and Jimmie Toler of Fairdale, WV; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Sue Kuhn.

Family, friends and others whose lives Pete touched are invited to Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley WV, for 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, June 5th 2018, to share your memories with us.


Orginial Story:

SANDSTONE, WV (WOAY) – One man has passed away after he drowned at Sandstone Falls.

Pete Kuhn, of Fairdale, passed away Sunday morning at CAMC from drowning after trying to save his stepdaughter.

Kuhn was trying to save his stepdaughter who was struggling in the water.  Kuhn was swept under a current and wasn’t able to come back up.

Once they got him rescued, local people were attempting CPR until medics arrived.  Once medics arrived they flew him to the hospital, where he died Sunday morning.


(6/2/18 at 8:30 pm)

SANDSTONE, WV (WOAY) – Emergency crews were called to the scene of a possible drowning at Sandstone Falls.

Officials tell WOAY that the incident happened at around 6:40 pm Saturday evening.

One person was taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries.

The age of the person and exactly what caused the incident is unknown at this time.

State Police, EMS, and DNR responded to the scene.

This is a developing story so stay with WOAY News for further updates.

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