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.