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Melvin O. Kohls

Melvin O. Kohls, age 83, of New Germany passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Good Samaritan Center in Howard Lake.

He was born May 6, 1919, at Camden Township Carver County, the son of August and Minnie (nee Briesemeister) Kohls.

He was baptized June 15, 1919, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by Rev. Theo Rolf, and confirmed April 14, 1935, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, also by the Rev. Rolf.

Melvin farmed and worked at Federal Tool and Die Company in Bloomington for many years. He loved baseball and collecting toy tractors.

Melvin watched his grandchildren play in many baseball games.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marcella; parents August and Minnie Kohls; sisters Frieda Gongoll, Hilma Burdorf, Leona Luke, Elda Kohls, Sedonia Kohls, Ethel Laumann; and brothers Ewald and Hugo Kohls.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Marlin and Judy Kohls of New Germany, daughter and son-in-law Carol and Lesley Parpart of Lester Prairie;

grandchildren Terri and Paul Lano, Jim and Chris Kohls, Jeff and Jill Kohls, Scott Kohls, Traci Kohls, Anthony Kohls, Kevin Parpart, Kenny and Annette Parpart, Kerri and Adrian Gunnerson, Kelly Parpart and friend Jenny Uecker, Keyla Parpart;

great-grandchildren Melissa and Nyles Gentz, Justin Kohls, Emily and Benjamin Lano, Danielle and David Parpart, Jennifer, Sharelle, Brianna and Carissa Parpart, Kolt and Maranna Gunnerson;

sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Evelyn Kohls of Hopkins, John Burdorf of Arlington, Vangie Laumann of Mayer, Virginia Goede of New Germany, Edwin Laumann of Watertown, Myrtle Laumann of Norwood Young America, Adeline and John Gauthier of New Mexico, Rose Ann and Alex Gebhardt of Belle Plaine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at 1:30 p.m., at St. Mark Lutheran Church New Germany with Rev. Allen D. Holthus officiating.

Casketbearers were his grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia.

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