Kenneth W. Kohler – July 5, 2011


Kenneth W. Kohler, 80, of Amarillo died on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011 at Paramount Baptist Church with David Preston officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Ken was born on August 20, 1930 in Amarillo, Texas to Kenneth and Jettie Mae Kohler.  He graduated from Amarillo High School, Amarillo College and Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was head cheerleader and President of Sigma Chi fraternity.  Ken served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He owned and operated Kenneth’s Menswear.
He served on the mission field for three years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, where he met his future wife, Joan LeFevre.
He was elected President of the Young Republican Club in Amarillo and in 1961 was elected to the Texas Legislature.  He owned and operated Flying Inc. flight school at Tradewind Airport for ten years.  Ken was recognized as State of Texas Flight Instructor of the Year.  Ken sold Beechcraft airplanes, was a corporate pilot for CEPEX from which came Comtech Management Systems which he owned and operated for ten years.
After retirement he joined the Amarillo High School Alumni Association.  He was elected president in 2000 and served six years.  Ken launched the Sandie Spirit Newsletter which he wrote and edited for eleven years.
The membership of the AHS 50th Alumni Association has grown from 200 members to over 1,800.  Ken was inducted into the Sandie Hall of Fame in 2008.
He was a faithful Christian and was a member and attendee of Paramount Baptist Church where he was involved for many years in the LEAF ministry, a program which teaches English as a second language to internationals.
Survivors include his wife of thirty-three years, Joan Kohler of the home; five children, Kimberly Kohler of Boise, ID, Kyle Ann Poland of Fort Worth, TX, Kenneth Emmrich of Oregon, Jeff Emmerich of North Carolina and Theresa Clark of Amarillo; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the: Ken Kohler Memorial Scholarship Fund, AHS 50th Alumni Association, P.O. Box 50872, Amarillo, TX 79159-3250.

0 Replies to “Kenneth W. Kohler – July 5, 2011”

  1. You Will Always Be In My Heart
    I thought of you with love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    I thought about you yesterday,
    And days before that too.
    I think of you in silence,
    I often speak your name.
    Now all I have are memories,
    And your picture in a frame.
    Your memory is my keepsake,
    With which I’ll never part.
    God has you in his keeping,
    I have you in my heart.
    Thank you for being the best Dad any one could ask for! Thank you for being such a loving and caring husband to Mom. We miss so much!!!
    I will always love you . . .
    Theresa

  2. My dad [Alfred Allston} thought the world of Kenneth and all ways spoke of him so highly. Two of the greatest christian men, fathers, and husbands.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ken. Thank you for all you have done for AHS and the alumni. You will be missed.
    Henry Saxe, AHS 1952

  4. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved, Ken. I noted service with Wycliffe and wanted to let you know that each one who serves contributes strategically to the building of God’s Kingdom. My prayers are with you as you transition to life without Ken.
    Warmly,
    Bob Creson
    President, Wyliffe Bible Translators USA

  5. Ken was a prince of a man and he certainly left his mark on this earth. May his soul, along with all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
    Pauline Hefley/Santa Fe

  6. Ken was a Sandie in the truest sense of the word.
    He was my trusted friend for 60 plus years.
    Our condolences and best wishes are extended to Joan and the family.
    Jim and Mary Clifton

  7. Love and miss you Daddy, thanks for all the great memories. You taught me so much about people growing up. You taught me about paying the price and integrity when your business failed. You paid every debt, even though it took years. You gave me the love of music and taught me to sing. We will see you in heaven!

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