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Byron E. Kohls, 71, of Hutchinson

Byron Kohls, 71, of Hutchinson, formerly of Brownton, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital.
Memorial services were held Friday, May 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. R. Allan Reed officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Soloist Barb Hoyhtya sang “In the Garden.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Behold a Host, Arrayed in White” and “Lift High the Cross.”
Honorary urn bearers were Katie Troska, Karleen Troska, Abby Kohls, Olivia Kohls and Elly Kohls. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Brownton.
Byron Edwin Kohls was born Jan. 17, 1946, in Glencoe, the son of Edwin and Augusta (Hardel) Kohls. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. He received his education in Brownton and was a graduate of the Brownton High School class of 1964. He furthered his education at Brown Institute in Minneapolis for two years.
On Nov. 22, 1968, he was united in marriage to Donna Miller at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Emily and Andy. The couple resided in several different areas, including Hutchinson, Sumter Township and Brownton for 10 years. They moved back to Hutchinson in 2016. They shared 49 years of marriage.
Mr. Kohls worked for Fish and Game and Carly Hardel Plumbing and Heating. He was a plumber in Hutchinson and then was self-employed, operating Kountryside Plumbing and Heating for about three years. He then worked at Plato Woodworking until he retired.
He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, serving on various church boards and was the president, treasurer and a deacon. He also was a member of the Brownton Civic and Commerce Association.
He enjoyed woodworking, reading and watching science fiction movies. He especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Kohls of Hutchinson; children and their spouses, Emily and Jason Troska of Hutchinson and Andy and Leah Kohls of Buffalo; grandchildren, Katie Troska and her fiancé Tyler Goldsmith, Karleen Troska, Abby Kohls, Olivia Kohls and Elly Kohls; brother, Jerome Kohls of Brownton; mother-in-law, Eldora Miller of Plato; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Augusta Kohls; brother, Gerald Kohls; and father-in-law, Willmer Miller.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.