Kenneth Lamar Sohl (1922 - 2018)

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Kenneth Sohl, 96, Red Oak, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society, Villisca.
Kenneth Lamar Sohl, the son of Andrew and Minnie (Keeker) Sohl, was born March 11, 1922, at Cedar Bluffs, Neb.
Kenny's father was a farmhand and as he was growing up, this work took the family to several farms in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas. Following high school, Kenny entered the Army Air Force on Sept. 11, 1942. He served during World War II and was honorably discharged on March 12, 1946. Kenny moved to Omaha and began his loyal career with Wilson Certified Meats as a sales representative.
On Aug. 8, 1947, Kenny was united in marriage to Vivian N. Blackwell in Omaha, Neb., and they celebrated over 60 years of love and marriage. Kenny and Vivian lived in Chariton before making Red Oak their home in 1950. They were active in community organizations and were members of the First United Methodist Church, where Kenny served many terms on the board. He was a member of the American Legion Lorraine Post #67, having served as secretary and treasurer. Kenny belonged to the Masonic Lodge #162 A.F & A.M., was a past member of Faith Rebekah Lodge and served on the board at Acorn Acres. Kenny especially loved attending his children's sporting events and activities. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing bridge and cribbage. Kenny and Vivian loved to travel and had visited 48 states. During the summer, he could be found tending to his yard and even painting houses for others. In his early retirement years, Kenny sold cars for R. K. Belt & Sons for a short time. Kenny loved his family dearly and was a friendly person who knew no strangers and shared a smile with everyone he saw.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vivian on May 15, 2008; and two brothers, Ralph and Lawrence.
Kenny is survived by his four children: Duane (Carol) Sohl of Chicago, Ill.; Ronald (Judy) Sohl of Garland, Texas; Robert Sohl of Villisca; and Carol Sohl (Scott) Euken of Omaha; 10 grandchildren, Justin (Michelle) Sohl, Amanda (Bryse) Toothacker, Bradley (Sara) Sohl, Tisha (Lucas) Overman, Shawn (Brandi) Sohl, Shelby (Raymundo) Mendoza, Jennifer (Philip) Walter, Elizabeth Sohl, Megan Sohl and McKenna Colvin; 14 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.
May God bless his memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak. Burial with Military Honors will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak. Pastor Gordon Scott will officiate.
A memorial is being established in Kenneth's name. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Red Oak Express on Apr. 3, 2018
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