Alvin A. Kohl


Alvin A. Kohl, 88, Ellis, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

Alvin A. Kohl, 88, Ellis, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 16, 1926, in rural Ellis County to Joseph and Mary (Graf) Kohl. He was a 1944 graduate of Ellis High School.

He married Rose Marie (Herl) on Aug. 21, 1950, in Ellis. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 1993.

He was a longtime farmer and stockman in Ellis County. He went custom-cutting for 15 years from Texas to North Dakota, running the crew for several years and also did metalwork, skilled welding and fabrication, for Don Kippes for several years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus for many years, a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, and a member of the Kansas Wheat Growers Association, serving as secretary for a year. He participated in the American Agriculture Movement, during which he drove a tractor to Topeka for a demonstration and sent a tractor to Washington for a national demonstration.

He participated in league bowling in Ellis for many years, and was an avid dancer, participating in various local social dance organizations.

Survivors include a son, Alan M. Kohl and wife, Janet, Hays; two daughters, Barbara A. Kohl, Albuquerque, N.M., and Vicki M. Kohl, Olathe; a sister, Agnes Karlin, Hill City, formerly of Oakley; and two grandchildren, Alec J. Kohl, Olathe, and Rebecca Rose Kohl, Hays.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Paul, Alex, Tony, Ray, Alfred and Walter Kohl; and three sisters, Tillie Herrman, Cecilia Jacques, and Elizabeth Hillman.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in the church cemetery, with military honors by Ellis VFW.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. A vigil will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Church, American Heart Association, or donor's choice, in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637.

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