Clarence T. Kohnen(1923 - 2013)

Clarence Kohnen

Clarence T. "Steve" Kohnen, 90, of Germantown, Ill., born March 28, 1923, in Germantown, Ill., passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Ill.

Mr. Kohnen served in the United States Army during World War II and participated in the D-Day Landing at Normandy. He learned the carpentry trade prior to World War II and utilized the training to form Kohnen-Vandeloo Construction. He then founded Kohnen Concrete in 1952 in Germantown. The company was started when Steve made a concrete culvert pipe for his own house and requests from his neighbors gave him the idea of making concrete products as a business.

Steve was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown Community Development, Germantown American Legion Post 325, was a former Alderman for the Village of Germantown heading the water, sewer, and gas, was a licensed water well and pump installation contractor, Illinois Groundwater Professional Association, and Illinois and National Precast Concrete Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Anna, nee Wobbe, Kohnen; sisters and brothers, Mary Ann, Raymond and Lawrence Kohnen all in infancy, Vince Kohnen, Aloys Kohnen, Regina Wolbert, and Irene Kohnen; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Amanda Kohnen, Minerva Kohnen, Harold Wolbert, Louis and Regina Kohrmann, Virgil Kohrmann, Victor Kohrmann, Rosie Kohrmann, Elmer and Barb Kohrmann, Edward "Fritz" and Elsie Kohrmann, and Richard and Dolores Kohrmann.

Surviving are his wife, Marcella, nee Kohrmann, Kohnen, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1947, at Cecilia Catholic Church, Bartelso; his daughter, Jan (Greg) Wilburn of Germantown; two grandchildren, Kevin (Jamie) Wilburn and Kristen Wilburn all of Germantown; three great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Addison and Brandt Wilburn; a brother, Ted (Dolores) Kohnen of Germantown; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marge Kohrmann of Carlyle, Bernita Kohrmann of Germantown, Joe "Fireball" Kohrmann of Germantown, Robert (Blanche) Kohrmann of Bartelso, Ralph (Janice) Kohrmann of Bartelso; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the St. Boniface Cemetery or to the Germantown Fire Department First Responders and will be received at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.mossfuneralhome.com

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Moss Funeral in Germantown, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown with Father James Buerster and Deacon Rich Bagby officiating. Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery, Germantown, Ill.

MOSS FUNERAL HOME, Germantown, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 31, 2013