Edward B. Kohler

By on December 30, 2013

67, Marine Corps sergeant in Vietnam, Air Products retiree

Edward B. Kohler, Jr., 67, of Lititz, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at the Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center, Mt. Joy, following a three-year illness.

Born in Lancaster and a lifelong area resident, he was the son of the late Edward B., Sr., and the late Helen McGowan Kohler. Ed was the husband of Diane Herr Kohler; together they celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on May 23, 2013.

Ed was a 1964 graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School; he then joined the United States Marine Corps and served as a sergeant in Vietnam. Ed worked as a truck driver for Air Products for 28 years until he retired in 2010. Ed was an avid military and aviation historian, especially Civil War and World War II time periods. He was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading and enjoyed traveling to classic car shows.

Ed will be lovingly remembered by his wife: Diane; his son: Keith E., husband of Heather Kennedy Kohler of Lancaster; his new granddaughter: Brianna; and his sister: Mary Ellen Gerhart of Elizabethtown. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Fissel and a brother, Donald A. Kohler.

Relatives and friends attended his life celebration service at Fred F. Groff Inc., Lancaster, Dec. 27. Interment was held at Conestoga Memorial Park.

Military Honors was rendered by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and the Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Ed’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, 11 Museum Dr., Reading, PA 19605. To share a fond memory of Ed, visit lifecelebration.com

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