MANCHESTER TWP. Richard L. Kohler, 90, died at his residence on June 30, 2014. He was the husband of Frances (Tyson) Kohler. The couple observed their 69th wedding anniversary on October 22nd of 2013. Mr. Kohler was born July 5, 1923, in Dallastown. He was the son of the late Ramsey and Edna (Kehr) Kohler. Richard was a sales engineer at York Corrugating Co. in York, retiring in 1985 after 40 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 605 in Dallastown and a life member of the V.F.W. Post 8951 in York. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran of WWII. He flew 30 combat missions with the Eighth Air Force stationed in England. His first raid was December 31, 1943, and last raid was June 6, 1944, (Normandy Invasion). He also participated in the first and second raid on Berlin. He received the following decorations: The Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He also received the French Golden Jubilee Medal for his participation in the Normandy Invasion. Mr. Kohler was a former school board member of the West York Area School District for 20 years, the last 13 years as president of the board. He also served on the board of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 for 6 years and the last 5 years as president. In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by three sons, Charles R. Kohler of Red Lion, David E. Kohler of Somers, Conn., and Fredric J. Kohler of York; and four grandchildren. There will be a private family viewing. A graveside service will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Dallastown Union Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. The Rev. Edward D. Arbogast will officiate with military rites by the American Legion Post 605 in Dallastown. The Koller Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 2000 W. Market St. in York, is entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, 1569 W. Market St., York, PA 17404. www.rfkoller.com
Robert F. Koller Funeral Home, Inc.
2000 West Market Street York, PA 17404
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on July 2, 2014