Wood County, Wisconsin

* Transcribed By: Marla Zwakman (unless otherwise noted)

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Ben Kohel (4 Nov. 1899 – 25 Sept. 1944)
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 25 Sept. 1944

* Two men were injured at 6:55 this morning when a car driven by Ben Kohel and a school bus driven by Keeley Baierl of Auburndale collided at the intersection of County Trunk K and Keefer road about two miles east of Auburdale.

Kohel and his son Robert were driving east from their home in the town of Milladore on their way to work at Marshfield, and Baierl was driving the empty bus north on County Trunk K.

The two Kohels were taken to St. Joseph’s hospital at Marshfield where they are now under physician’s case. Robert Kohel received a badly smashed nose and deep facial lacerations and his father sustained a skull fracture. Extent of the injuries other than the skull fracture could not be determined by physicians at the present time and he is reported to have but partially regained consciousness at noon today.

Baierl, the driver of the school bus, was severely shaken but otherwise is uninjured. The bus was damaged on the night front end and landed in a ditch after the impact. The Kohel car received extensive Damages to the front and interior, but remained on the highway. The school bus is owned by James Keefer of Auburndale.

Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 21 Nov. 1944

Marshfield, Wis. – A coroner’s jury at Marshfield this morning, in an investigation of the death of Bennett Kohel, 44, Morgandale, who was killed in a traffic accident two miles east of Auburndale on County Trunk K on September 25, ruled that death was accidental.

The accident occurred at an intersection of County Trunk K and a town road and involved a vehicle driven by Kohel and a school bus driven by Killian Baierl, Auburndale.

Justice A. C. Wharfield heard the proceedings and District Attorney Hugh W. Goggins of Wisconsin Rapids conducted the inquest.

*** Note: His date of birth is from the book, Descendants of Joannes Kohel and Related Families by Michael E. Kohel, page 39.

Eugene Lloyd Kohel (6 July 1925 – 9 Feb. 1948)
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 12 Feb. 1948

* S/Sgt. Eugene Lloyd Kohel, 22, the son of Andrew Kohel, Auburndale, who was killed Monday in an auto accident at El Toro, Cal., will be conducted at 10:30 Saturday morning at the station chapel at Santa Ana, Cal., according to word received by his father from navy headquarters at Great Lakes.

Burial will be in Golden State National cemetery at San Bruno, Cal.

Sgt. Kohel, a veteran of five years service in the U.S. Marine Corps, was born July 6, 1925 at Arpin, and lived at Stratford for two years prior to his enlistment in the Marines in August, 1942.

After training at San Diego and in Chicago, he was assigned to Cherry Point, N.C. in 1943 and was married there to Miss Ann Parker August 7, 1944. He was the father of a son, Eugene, Jr., born December 28, 1946.

Sgt. Kohel saw service in Japan in September and October, 1945, and reenlisted in the Marines in 1946. He had been stationed since then at El Toro.

In addition to his wife and son, who lived at Santa Ana, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ida Yaehrling, Irby, Wash,; his father Andrew; three brothers, Kenneth, Spokane, Wash.; Pfc. Andrew Kohel, Jr., stationed with the army of occupation in Austria; and James, Irby, Wash.; three sisters, Eileen and Marilyn, Irby, Wash.; and Mrs. V. C. Gibson, Santa Ana, Cal.

His grandmother, Ida Luepke, Arpin, also survives.

Harlan Kohel (26 Apr. 1931 – 26 Nov. 1932)
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 28 Nov. 1932

* Arpin – Harlan, 19-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kohel died Saturday evening at seven o’clock at St. Joseph’s hospital in Marshfield. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock from the August Luepke home and at one-thirty o’clock from the Presbyterian church in Arpin. Internment will be made in Greenwood cemetery, Arpin.

Surviving besides his parents are his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. August Luepke, three brothers, Eugene, Kenneth and Andrew, Jr., and two sisters, Marjorie and Leone

Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 1 Dec. 1932

Arpin – Funeral services for little Harlan Kohel were held at the Presbyterian church at Arpin, on Tuesday afternoon at one-thirty o’clock with Rev. F. Giles of Stratford in charge. Pallbearers were Irvin Sweet, Gilbert Litske, Junior Fallen and Roger Cutler. Flower girls were: June and Jeanette Panzer, Bernice Bray and Erletta Sweet. The remains were taken to Auburndale for burial

James D. Kohel (8 June 1934 – 9 May 2003)
Source: Spokesman Review (Spokane, Spokane County, Wash.) Saturday, 24 May 2003

Graveside service for James D. "Jim" Kohel, 68, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Fairmont Memorial Cemetery. Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 315 E. Francis.

Mr. Kohel, who was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., died May 9. He had lived in the Spokane area since 1945.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1956 and served in the Korean War.

After he returned to Spokane, he went to work at the Cenex Corp. as a computer programmer for 18 years. During this time he built his home at Long Lake.

Mr. Kohel later was employed by the Whitman County Sheriff's Department in Colfax. He moved to Spokane after his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting and spent many years researching the Kohel family genealogy in the United States and Austria back to the early 17th century.

He completed his research in 2001, when he had the family tree published.

Mr. Kohel was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Disabled American Veterans, the National Rifle Association, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include three daughters Kristen Palmer, Robin Ray and Lisa Hennessy, all of Spokane; a son, Robert Drose of California; a brother, Kenneth Kohel of Spokane; three sisters, Marjorie Luiten of Spokane, Eileen Wohlwend Seattle and Marilyn Marcussen of Benicia, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren.

*** Note: His dates of birth and death are from the book, Descendants of Joannes Kohel and Related Families, page 55.

Leone Kohel (12 Aug. 1932 – 24 Jan. 1942)
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 31 Jan. 1942

* Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, January 27, at 2 o’clock at St. John’s Lutheran church at Auburndale for Leone Kohel of Stratford, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kohel, who died at the Chippewa Falls hospital Saturday afternoon, January 24, after a lingering illness. She is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kohel, her grandmother, Mrs. Ida Luepke and the following brothers and sisters, Eugene, Kenneth, Margie, Andrew Jr., James, Eileen and Marilyn. A brother, Harlan, died nine years ago. The Kohel family are former residents of Arpin. Pallbearers were Ruth Schallock, Gertrude Schroeder, Arlene Zophia, Betty Luther, Violet Hoefs and Deloris Schar, and flower girls were Colleen Wells, Elvera Zophia, Ellen Schar and Helen Zophia, all of Stratford. Out of town relatives and friends were Mr. and Mrs. George Kohel, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schar, Mr. and Mrs. Art Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Art Law, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Luther, William Schilling, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Sophia and family, T. Schallock, Mrs. Sawicke and son Roy, all of Stratford; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Stoflet and family, Mrs. John Broeker and Mrs. Freeman Shupe of Arpin, and many relatives and friends from nearby communities.

*** Note: Her date of birth is from the book, Descendants of Joannes Kohel and Related Families by Michael E. Kohel, page 55. A copy of this book is in the possession of the transcriber, Marla Zwakman.

Robert B. Kohel (21 July 1927 - 4 Oct. 1996)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 7 Oct. 1996

* Robert B. Kohel, 69, of 506 S. Peach Ave. died at 7;40 p.m. Oct. 4, 1996, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 29.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield. The Rev. Janet E. Wolfe will officiate. Music will be provided by Carol Snelling, organist, for congregational singing.

Burial will be in Brooklawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in the town of Richfield in Wood County. Serving as pallbearers will be Steven W. Helmke, Toney Bookhart, Gerald Kohel, Sr., Gerald Kohel Jr., James Hansen and Mark Nelson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Rembs/Kundinger Chapel and again until 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel, then from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

He was born July 21, 1927, in the town of Milladore, to Benedict and Mae (Luepke) Kohel. He married Mary N. Dickson on Sept. 6, 1954, in Pittsville.

Mr. Kohel was educated in St. Mary’s Parochial School in Auburndale and was a 1945 graduate of Auburndale High School. After his education, he served in the U.S. Air Force for six years and was stationed in Japan. After his military service, he began employment at Bauman Auto Co. and later for Weyerhaeuser Co. and Graham Mfg. Co. He retired because of ill health and continued to reside in Marshfield and assisted on his son-in-law’s farm in Stratford.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid reader, camper and had a special enjoyment of mechanics.

Mr. Kohel was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a former elder, deacon and member of the Session Board, and a Sunday School teacher. He was actively involved with Scout Troops 681 and 381 of the Presbyterian Church for many years, and was an active 4-H leader in the Lindsey area.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kohel of Marshfield; four daughters, Elaine (Toney) Bookhart of Auburndale, Cindy Kohel of Wausau, Rhonda B. (Steven W.) Helmke of Stratford and Lisa Bilgrien of Marshfield, two sons, Michael Kohel of Vernal, Utah, and Kirk Kohel of Marshfield; two grandsons, William Helmke and Joseph Bilgrien; two sisters, Audrey (Ronald) Swik of Humble, Texas, and Margaret (Jack) Evans of New Braumiel, Texas; and five brothers, Gerald (Sharon) Kohel of Auburndale; David (Terry) Kohel, William (Annie) Kohel and John Kohel, all of Kenosha, and Louis Kohel of Mosinee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Richard and Gordon.

Memorials may be designated in Mr. Kohel’s name to the family as a memorial will be established later.


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