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Former Hays business owner dies Friday


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Former Hays business owner Gilbert "Gib" Kuhn died Friday at the age of 91, and the business he opened in Hays in 1958 will be closed Monday, the day of his funeral.

Current owners Randy and Sari Reynolds -- Kuhn's daughter -- will close Kuhn's Diamond Jewelers, 1009 Main, to give family and employees the opportunity to celebrate Kuhn's life at a service at Via Christi Village, Hays. The store will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday. His obituary is on page A7.

Kuhn's Diamond Jewelers was founded in 1930 in Russell by Gilbert Kuhn's father, Balthasar "Bill" Kuhn.

Gilbert Kuhn took over the family business when he returned from World War II, and the store in Hays was added in 1958.