Jerome W. Kohls, age 85, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Ecumen Pines in Hutchinson.
Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, Minnesota, with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Jerome William Kohls, with his twin brother Gerald, was born on June 24, 1938, in Glencoe, Minnesota. He was the son of Edwin Kohls and Augusta (Hardel) Kohls. Jerome was baptized as an infant at Immanuel Lutheran Church in 1938, and was later confirmed there, as a youth, in 1952. He went to parochial school at Immanuel Lutheran, Brownton, and finished his high school education at Brownton Public High School in 1956.
After graduation, he enlisted in the National Guard and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. He was honorably discharged and returned to Brownton. He gained employment with the McLeod County Highway Department and remained employed with the county until his retirement.
Jerome enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Alexandria. He would be there every weekend and after retirement he would be there almost more than his house in town. He also enjoyed volunteering at the school and mowing at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. He could often be found driving his golf cart around to either of those places, keeping himself busy.
Jerome loved going to any sporting event that his family members were in. He also enjoyed going to their concerts. He loved music and bought many instruments for his family.
After he moved to Hutchinson, he enjoyed his digital picture frame. He could get updates on anything “new” that was going on at the cabin, what his great nieces were up to, and seeing anything the great-great niece and nephew were doing. It brought him a lot of joy when he would see that he had new pictures available. You could be sure he would call whoever sent him new pictures and ask a lot of questions about the picture.
Jerome was usually quiet but if he let you get close to him, you would find out he was a very funny, talkative and caring man. He was quick witted and always had a comment if he didn’t quite “agree” with what his niece or nephew was doing.
Jerome died on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Ecumen Pines in Hutchinson, at the age of 85 years.
Blessed be his memory.
He will definitely be missed.
Jerome is survived by his:
Niece, Emily Troska and her husband Jason of Hutchinson, MN;
Nephew, Andrew Kohls and his wife Leah of Buffalo, MN;
Great-nieces and nephews, Katie Goldsmith and her husband Tyler of Chatfield, MN; Karleen Troska and her friend Alek Foss of Minot, ND; Abigail Kohls and her friend Jeremiah Broadway of St Paul, MN; Olivia Kohls of Buffalo, MN; Eloise Kohls of Buffalo, MN;
Great-great-niece and nephew Kennedy and Hudson Goldsmith of Chatfield, MN;
Sister-in-law, Donna Kimmes and her husband Pete of Big Lake, MN;
And many other friends and relatives.
Jerome was proceeded in death by his parents, Edwin and Augusta Kohls; his brothers, Gerald Kohls and Byron Kohls.