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Gustave Adolph Kohler Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Gustave Adolph Kohler Jr. III, a resident of Route 9 in Woodford, died on Friday, March 25, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

He was born in Greenfield, Mass. on March 9, 1928, and was the son of the late Gustave Adolph and Lida Ruth (Shaw) Kohler Sr. He received his education in Greenfield. He served in the Navy during World War II, from June 1945 until June 1946. He served at the ship repair base in Mannicanni Island, Phillipines. He received the American Theatre Medal, two WW II Victory Medals and the Asiatic Pacific Medal. He re-enlisted in 1947 and was discharged in 1949. He served his second tour of duty on the USS Valcour in Coco Solo, Panama Canal.

He was employed as automobile mechanic, an electrician, a logger, a machinist and an electronics technician.

Mr. Kohler enjoyed photography and studying genealogy.

He has previously resided in Williamstown, Mass. and in Laceyville, Pa.

He is survived by his nine children, William Henry King of Webb City, Mo., Ronald D. Kohler of Limestone, Maine, Gilbert L. Kohler of West Auburn, Pa., Frederick H. Kohler of Endicott, N.Y. and his daughters, Mary Louise Kohler, of Woodford, Floryce Rose Kohler Farr of South Auburn, Pa., Eva May Kohler Farr of Laceyville, Pa., Rita Alice Kohler, and Harriett Rose Kohler, both of Pennsylvania; 24 grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, nephews; his sisters, Floryce Beatrice Holland of Bronson, Fla., Rose Gertrude (Haire) Allen of Chiefland, Fla.; his two former wives, Mary Kohler Hardy, and Eva Mae Kohler. He is predeceased by his two brothers, Gilbert Gustave Kohler and Albert Kohler and his sister, Gertrude Vera Kohler.

Mr. Kohler’s wishes were to be donated to the University of Vermont department of anatomy and neurobiology.

There are no services scheduled.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 29, 2005
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