John Joseph Kohls
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March 2, 1922 - January 31, 2014
John Joseph Kohls slipped peacefully into the presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, January 31, 2014, after a long and blessed life.
Born in Yakima, Washington to Henry and Louisa Kohls, John was the eighth of nine children. He graduated salutatorian from Marquette H.S. Later he moved on to Seattle College. In 1942 John met his future wife of 62 years, Tillie Heintzman. After 3 years serving in the Army during WWII , they began their life together. John worked at many jobs before his beginning his career at Pacific Power and Light. He and his family moved frequently, ending up in Stayton, where John was manager until his retirement. Stayton has been his home for 46 years.
For many years John and Tillie had a Bible study in their home that brought many people to the Lord. John has been a powerful prayer warrier. Our family was reassured knowing he was constantly lifting us up in prayer. It was heavy on his heart that everyone he met, and those he loved, were saved.
John's focus was always heavenward, knowing that Jesus was returning. He didn't have to wait any longer, as God took him to be with Him before that great day.
John leaves behind his children: David (Mary) Kohls, Mary Kay (Jerry) McIntyre, Susan (David) Furrow, Patrick (Joyce) Kohls, Elizabeth (Jason) Allen, and Janette (Brian) Kauffman, as well as 29 grandchildren (9 spouses) and 16 great grandchildren. Going before him were his wife, Tillie, sons John Kohls II and Gerard, his parents and all his brothers and sisters.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, February 8, at 1:00 pm at Weddle's Funeral Home.
Weddle Funeral Service
1777 North Third Avenue
Stayton, OR 97383
Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 7, 2014