KOHL, RICHARD P. 80 - of Mays Landing, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Rich was born in Philadelphia PA. on October 3, 1932, raised in Atlantic City and lived most of his life in Pleasantville. He attended Pleasantville High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 and honorably served in the Korean War where he received numerous service medals. Rich most recently worked at ACE Hardware in Brigantine for the last 22 years where he was featured in the Brigantine Gazette for his amazing and unforgettable customer service. Prior to that he was employed by Gibson True Value Hardware and Howlett Hardware in Absecon. Rich was a member of the Absecon VFW Post 9462. He was a true American Patriot who enjoyed talking about our history, supporting our troops and believed in the American dream. Rich was a member and previous Council Member of Peace Lutheran Church & Pre-School in Galloway Twp. Rich enjoyed reading the Bible, playing on his Kindle, and spending time with his companion and loyal friend, Buddydog. He was also an avid Eagles football fan. Rich was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all. He is predeceased by his devoted and loving wife of 20 years Dolores C. Kohl, his stepson Donald J. Peterson, Jr., special friends Mary & Jack Bruckler as well as his first wife Morriel Jane Kohl. Rich loved his family and is survived by his children, John (Sherry), Patti Stein (Bob Birch), Margaret Kohl, Betty Kettell, Deborah Newman (Ed Brown) and Deanna Sipple (Karl). His grandchildren, Ryan Kohl, Sarah Kohl, Jason Metrick (Michelle), Daniel Stein, Michael Stein, Tristin Oldmixon, Arielle Oldmixon, John Newman (Colleen), Kimberly Ale, Kevin Newman, Brian Peterson (Marie), Alicia Peterson (Mike Ortiz), Danny Peterson, Angela Peterson and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, John (Jack) & Evelyn Kohl of Port Republic, his sister Betty DeCiccio of Sitka Alaska, his brother-in-law Richard Calimer (Vida), his sister-in-laws, Betty Jane Sgarleta, Dorothy Calimer and Marge Clow (Larry), as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, 328 E. Great Creek Road, Galloway and Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM with services to follow at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Atlantic County Veteran Cemetery, Estell Manor. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church, 328 E Great Creek Rd Galloway, NJ 08205. Arrangements are being handled by Lowenstein Funeral Home, Galloway.
This obituary was originally published in The Press of Atlantic City.