Norbert Kohl

Clair Kohl

Sunday, June 5th, 1927 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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Memorial Services for Clair Kohl, age 92, of O’Neill, formerly of Inman, NE will be Friday, August 14 at 11:00 am at the Assembly of God Church in O’Neill. Pastor Mike Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Orchard Hill Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Orchard American Legion Post 136. Clair passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the Arbor Care Center in O’Neill. Memorials may be made to the family for future designation. Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.

Norbert Clair Kohl was born on June 5, 1927 to Norbert and Ethel (Mayberry) Kohl in Council Bluffs, IA. His family later moved to Lincoln, NE. He was in the Army and Merchant Marines from 1945 to 1947, before returning to Lincoln to work various jobs.

He met his wife, Jean Law, in Lincoln, NE and they married on June 3, 1951 at the Sherer family farm west of Orchard, NE. They had three children: two daughters, Rita and Diana, and one son, Dennis. Dennis was born blind and with mental handicaps. The family then moved to St. Louis, MO in 1961. Clair worked various jobs before becoming a truck driver for Orchesln Brother Truck Lines. While living in St. Louis, he was involved in coaching the softball team of his younger daughter, Diana. He raised beagles and ran them in field trials where he and his daughters won trophies and ribbons. He belonged to the Lions Club, The American Legion and The Forty & Eight. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards, and word search puzzles. He coached an American Legion Baseball team for some years.

Upon his wife’s retirement, they moved to Inman, NE in July 1994. They become members of the Inman United Methodist Church. Clair was church treasurer for a number of years, drove and delivered Meals on Wheels in Inman, delivered the Omaha World Herald newspaper for a time, drove Avera Hospital van for years, and was a co-leader with the Boy Scout Troop of Inman.

Along with their three children, Rita, Dennis, and Diana, Clair and Jean had three grandsons: Jon, Joe, and Corey. His children and grandsons were his life. He did whatever he could for them and enjoyed spending time with them and his 7 great grandchildren.

Clair is survived by his children, Rita Kohl of Inman, Dennis Kohl of O’Neill, Diana Kohl of Inman; grandsons, Jon Hills, Joe (Hollie) Hills, Corey Kohl; seven great-grandchildren: Terryn, Andrew, Achilles, Caleb, Toni, Tyler, and Ada Jean; two sisters, Marjorie (Dave) Lionberger of Lincoln and Shirley (John) West of Lincoln, NE; sister-in-law’ Evon Law of El Dorado Hills, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean Kohl in 2013; sister, Jean (Robert) Snyder; in-laws, Willard & Edna Sherer; and brother-in-law, Evert Law.

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  • Service

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 |
    Friday, August 14th, 2020
    Assembly of God Chuch in O'Neill
    204 North 7th Street
    O'Neill, Nebraska 68763
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    Pastor Mike Durre
  • Interment

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 |
    Friday, August 14th, 2020
    Orchard Hill
    US Hwy 20
    Orchard, Nebraska 68764
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