Lance “Drew” Andrew Kuehne

Lance (Drew) Andrew Kuehne (45) of Mount Desert Island, Maine; passed away November 28, 2019 with his usual grace and dignity. He was born during May 1974, in Smithtown, New York. Most of his childhood and young adult years were spent in the Sherburne/Earlville area of upstate New York. He graduated in 2000 with his BSN from Binghamton University. He worked on several units at Binghamton General Hospital until moving to Maine in 2014. Again he worked in several departments of Mount Desert Island Hospital, most recently in the operating room.

Lance has always had an adventurous soul. From teenage escapades in New York City with his best buds, to a year spent in South Africa following high school. During college years he spent a year in England with forays into Continental Europe. One of his two great passions was hiking. He considered completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2008 to be a major achievement. He was also able to explore a large portion of the United States by auto, stopping to enjoy many of the great western national parks. His favorite was Arches in Utah. He has repeatedly summitted all the mountains on Mount Desert Island. His other passion was running. For the past three-four years Lance participated in full and half marathons in addition to five and ten K runs. He was proud of his ability to finish first or second for his age group for every one. He has inspired several others to take up the sport. For the past two years he has been honored to share his nursing gifts on short term medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic. He felt that was a way to start giving back.

Lance/Drew was preceded in death by all his grandparents, his father, Lance; an infant sister, Meredith Claire; a brother-in-law, Mark Meister; and a step-brother Arthur Grimes. He is survived by his mother, Gail (Hildenbrand) Shiminski of Tennessee; his special partner, Kristin McKee and her son, Connor, of Maine. Also, surviving are his sisters, Wendy Kuehne, Florida; Becky(Brian)Hillis, Tennessee; and Angela(Justin)Meyer, New York. Mourners also include his step-family: mother, Kathleen Kuehne, sister, Sharon Grimes; and brother, Edward Grimes. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews survive. Additionally, grieving his passing are many, many friends, all over this country and the world. Especially his former wife and continually treasured friend, Jennifer Leonard.

In accordance with Drew/Lance’s wishes there will be a memorial celebration of his life during warmer weather on Mount Desert Island. Meanwhile, in acknowledgment and celebration of too short a life, well-lived; raise a cold, frothy stout!


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13 Condolences

  1. Therese Hitchcock on December 3, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Beautiful tribute. God Speed Drew. You are now embarking on your greatest adventure.

  2. Bill Kinter on December 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Lance’s passing is a loss to the world.

  3. Becky and Ray Pedrick on December 3, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    So sorry for the loss of such a young soul who was so full of life. Lance was a very caring and motivated individual who made staff and patient’s feel comfortable in sometimes very uncomfortable situations. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Susan Hughes on December 4, 2019 at 12:53 am

    So sorry for your loss to the family and his companion Kristen McKee. A life taken to short.

  5. Eileen Ozvold on December 4, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Lance worked with me on Memorial 6 at Binghamton General right after his graduation. He was a caring and gentle soul. May he Rest In Peace.

  6. Susan Lipford on December 4, 2019 at 1:43 am

    So sorry to hear Lance has passed. Condolences to ALL.

  7. Joan Gazzilli on December 4, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Dear Gail and all of Drew’s loved ones,
    Even though I briefly met Drew years ago, I ave heard many stories of him. I pray that you will hold those stories close to your heart. Remember the good times! May God comfort your grieving hearts.

  8. Paula (Palmer) Barker on December 4, 2019 at 3:26 am

    My thoughts are with you and your entire family at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of my time with Drew and your family. Sending my deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends.

  9. Paula (Palmer) Barker on December 4, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all Drew’s friends and family. May your memories help to ease your pain.

  10. Sandy Residorf on December 4, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Gail this is sandy reisdorf.sending you a BIG BIG HUG!!! My heart goes out to all! He was so loved an special to many!!! Im lost for words my friend..LOVE YOU!!

  11. Kathleen Kuehne on December 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    We love you and will miss you very much

  12. Fran on December 5, 2019 at 11:43 am

    What a loss to so many…May you continue your journey on the other side.. for the entire family

  13. Mark G Bird on December 13, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Lance was one of the kindest and brilliant people I have ever met.
    I had the honor of working with him at Binghamton General Hospital. But more importantly, I had the honor to be his friend.

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