Kenneth Joseph Kohler, 86, of Remsen, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, surrounded by his family at Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living in Remsen.
Ken was born March 1, 1936, the son of Carl and Nora (Mohning) Kohler. He attended Remsen Public School until the 8th grade. At the age of 14 he began farming with his father. Ken moved to California when he was 18 and worked in a service repair shop for one year. Ken moved back to Remsen to farm with his father.
On May 11, 1962, he married Connie Weiss. In 1963 they moved to the family farm and raised five children. They celebrated 50 years of marriage on May 11, 2012. Connie passed away on Nov. 17, 2012.
In 1964, Ken opened a TV repair shop called Ken’s TV. He operated the business until January 1972. At this time, he devoted his life to farming full time.
Ken was known as the “Mr. Fix It Guy.” He ran his own chainsaw repair shop until his death. He also cut down trees and ground out tree stumps. At the age of 86 he was still sharpening chainsaw blades and repairing small engines.
On Nov. 30, 2013, he married Margaret Gengler. The love these two had for each other was so special. They were always holding hands. Ken and Marge spent several years wintering in Texas. They loved to go out to eat, attend sporting events and riding their motorcycle. They loved to attend their family weddings and birthday parties.
Ken was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church rural Marcus, and most recently Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, spending time with family, traveling, wintering in Texas, and telling jokes.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Marge Kohler of Remsen; three children, Deb (Tim) Bonnstetter of Remsen; son, Doug Kohler and his special friend, Tomeeko Young of Biloxi, Mississippi, Dean Kohler of Remsen; nine grandchildren, Amanda Ruden, Zack and Autum Bonnstetter, Brian and Kelley Kohler, Jacob, Brittney, Brandon Kohler and Tara (Kurtus) Leavell; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; step-children, Bob (Doris) Gengler of Remsen, Dan (Suzie) Gengler of Remsen, Ann Gengler of Oyens, Henry Canup of Florida, Mike Gengler of Remsen, Carole (Dick) Ludwig of Sioux City, Carla (John) Weber of Marcus, Karyn (Steven) Flaspohler of Moulton; 25 step-grandchildren; 27 step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Teresa (Don) Mordhorst of Soldier; and one brother-in-law, Dennis (Patti) Weiss of Omaha, Nebraska.
Ken was preceded in death by and joyfully reunited with his parents; his wife Connie; his son David; his daughter, Diane in infancy; father and mother-in-law, Harold and Loretta Weiss; sister, Carol (Red) Bergin; stepson Randy Gengler; and step daughter Kathy Canup.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen, with the Rev. Jason Letsche and the Rev. Don Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at the Remsen Community Cemetery. Visitation with family present was Tuesday from 4-6 p.m., with a prayer service at 6 p.m., all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church.
Casket bearers will be Jacob, Brandon, Brian, Brittney and Kelley Kohler, Amanda Ruden, Zack and Autumn Bonnstetter.
Arrangements are with the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online at www.fischfh.com.