Kenneth James Kohlmyer

Birth Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 1946
Date of Passing: 
Monday, May 30, 2016

WOOSTER - Kenneth James Kohlmyer passed away early Monday morning, Memorial Day 2016, on his 70th birthday. He was regarded as a family man of the highest caliber by those who knew him best. Ken was a wonderful husband, a father of three, grandfather of five, brother, as well as a trusted friend to an adoring, large group of deeply saddened people.

A native of Lorain, Ohio, and a resident of Wooster, Ohio, for 39 years, Ken as he was called by most was an accomplished man. He was a celebrated athlete in his home town of Lorain where he is a member of the sports hall of fame, lettering 11 times at Lorain High in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. It was the latter though that was his passion. “Kenny,” as he was then known to Lorainites, won a full scholarship for golf to the University of Oklahoma where he attended one year before transferring via appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.

At the academy Ken became a captain of the golf team and its most valuable player. He went to the NCAA golf tournament three times in a row, every year he was eligible as freshmen cadets could not then participate, years 1967-1969. Indeed, the tales he could tell about besting by now household name type PGA players seemed fanciful, until you saw him out on the course, that is.

He married Kathy Worden of Lorain shortly after graduation from the academy. Ken then served on active duty in the United States Air Force. Ken would go on to be stationed in Okinawa, Japan, as a weapons controller during the Vietnam conflict. He was subsequently stationed domestically in Key West, Florida, where both his sons were born, and Wichita, Kansas, where his daughter was born. Ken obtained a master’s degree in urban planning from Wichita State University. He retired from the Air Force after 7 years, 7 months and 27 days with the rank of captain in 1976.

Post service, the Kohlmyers moved back home to their beloved Ohio. They decided to raise their children in Wooster, and Ken had a long professional career in financial planning and insurance for the non-profit sector. His work constantly took him all over the state of Ohio where he made many friends and professionally assisted many people in understanding life planning.

He loved his wife of 46 years very much, he loved his family, and he loved his golf. Maybe in that order. He always was quick with a smile or a kind word, could always see the bright side of things, was a very outgoing fellow, and will be truly missed.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, his children K.J. (Angela), Dave (Joelle), and Bliss (Charles), his grandchildren Roxanne, Genevieve, Charlie, Maisie and Daisy, and his older brother Pete (Sandy).

Instead of a funeral service the family is planning a celebration of Ken’s life sometime in July, which they will announce.

In lieu of flowers, the Kohlmyers would ask mourners to contribute in his name to the Make a Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, 2545 Farmers St, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio, 43235.

The family thanks LifeCare Hospice of Wooster, which provided much comfort.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebnradhamsleek.com.

 

Memorial Contributions: 

Make a Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, 2545 Farmers St., Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43235

Visitation: 

No calling hours

Service: 

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date

Condolences

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, Ken was indeed a very upbeat and special person. I knew him through where I work when he was the financial planner for Boys' Village, I am sorry to hear of his passing.

I have worked with Ken for many years at Lincoln National Life insurance company. We talked quite a bit over the years starting out about his compensation and then moving on to our personal lives. I know one thing was for certain and that is his wife, children and grandchildren meant the world to him so I hope you all know that. He spoke so highly of all of you. He was a wonderful person and many lives have been touched by Ken. I sure will miss talking to him on the phone and getting updates on his family. It is a sad day here at LNL.

I have worked with Ken for many years at Lincoln National Life insurance company. We talked quite a bit over the years starting out about his compensation and then moving on to our personal lives. I know one thing was for certain and that is his wife, children and grandchildren meant the world to him so I hope you all know that. He spoke so highly of all of you. He was a wonderful person and many lives have been touched by Ken. I sure will miss talking to him on the phone and getting updates on his family. It is a sad day here at LNL.

I wanted to express my sincere condolences to the family for your loss. I had met Ken a number of times over the years at different Lincoln meetings and he was always upbeat and could carry on a conversation for some time, as I am sure you already know.

I was one of his tech support people, and got to know him quite well over 11 years; we shared many laughs and anecdotes. I feel privileged to have known him, and will miss him.

As one of his support techs, we shared many anecdotes and laughs over the years. I am privileged to have known him and will miss him.

Ken's energy and enthusiasm was contagious. His contributions of time and knowledge to clients and non-profit organizations was an example for all in his industry. And his golf game was humbling (to me). May his family enjoy the memory of this exceptional and successful man known to so many others.

Kathy, K.J.,Davy, and BLISS andFamilies, Our hearts are heavy for the loss of your husband, father and friend. He was a great coach for Tony and Chris Clark, and all the other players. The friendship we developed over the years will always remain in my heart as the times. God bless each of you, remain strong and hold fast to each other. We made a forever friend. Love, hugs and prayers for all of you.

Kathy, K.J.,Davy, and BLISS andFamilies, Our hearts are heavy for the loss of your husband, father and friend. He was a great coach for Tony and Chris Clark, and all the other players. The friendship we developed over the years will always remain in my heart as the times. God bless each of you, remain strong and hold fast to each other. We made a forever friend. Love, hugs and prayers for all of you.

Rest well my brother.
USAFA 1969

A great friend and classmate - - RIP!

USAFA 1969
ESSE NON VIDERI

Kathy, I was shocked and so saddened to learn of Ken's death in the paper. My heart goes out to you and your family. May your many loving memories help to sustain you during these difficult days and may you feel God's presence with you. May it also be of some comfort to know that many of your friends are keeping you in thought and prayer. I shall include you in our daily prayers. My deepest sympathy. Kathy Landes

May the Lord grace your family and loved ones with His peace that passes understanding.

USAFA 1969

We are so saddened to hear of Ken's death. He was a wonderful, thoughtful person. He accomplished so much in his lifetime. Our condolences to Kathy,K.J, Davey and Bliss. God Blessings on his family.
Don,Imogene,Sam and Andrew Demkee

We are so saddened to hear of Ken's death. He was a wonderful, thoughtful person. He accomplished so much in his lifetime. Our condolences to Kathy,K.J, Davey and Bliss. God Blessings on his family.
Don,Imogene,Sam and Andrew Demkee

We are so saddened to hear of Ken's death. He was a wonderful, thoughtful person. He accomplished so much in his lifetime. Our condolences to Kathy,K.J, Davey and Bliss. God Blessings on his family.
Don,Imogene,Sam and Andrew Demkee

The Wooster Wayne Chapter of DAR would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your loved one. We are very grateful for Kenneth's service to our country. Patriots are what keep our nation free. May God Bless you and comfort your family at this difficult time.

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