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Leonard Gust Kohls

Leonard Gust Kohls, age 81 of Lester Prairie, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 at his residence.

He was born May 20, 1923 in New Germany, the son of Fred C. and Helen D. Groenke Kohls.

Leonard was born again to be God’s own child by the “washing of water in the Word” when he was baptized June 10, 1923 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith March 21, 1937 at the same church by the Rev. Theodore Rolf. His confirmation memory verse was Isaiah 54:10: “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee; neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”

He entered the US Army in January of 1943, and was discharged in February of 1946, serving time in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

Leonard worked for Zuehl Trucking from 1940 to 1942 and 1946 to 1968. In 1968, he established Kohl’s Trucking Service, from which he retired in 1991.

He loved to play cards and bingo.

Leonard was a faithful member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, American Legion Post 463, and the VFW.

He was also active in the Lester Prairie and New Germany senior citizens group.

Leonard is survived by sisters Winifred Burau of Plymouth and Mabel (Lawrence) Beneke of Waconia; a sister-in-law, Pearl Kohls of Hopkins; many nieces and nephews; Marie Pokornowski’s children: Darlene (John) Baugus of Big Canoe, Ga. and Richard (Annette) Pokornowski of Vancouver, Wa.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by loving friend Marie Pokornowski; parents Fred and Helen; brothers Raymond, Clarence, and Walter; brothers-in-law Ruben Burau and Kenneth Boehmke; and sister-in-law Maybelle Kohls.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, with the Rev. Allen D. Holthus officiating. Interment with military rites followed at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery.

Vernice Menth was the organist for the funeral service. Marvin Westermann was the soloist, and he sang “Softly and Tenderly.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Just As I Am, Without One Plea,” and “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.”.

Casket bearers were Victor Groe, Jon Posusta, Ronald Kohls, Greg Boehmke, Jeff Boehmke, and Vincent Burau.

Friends called Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A prayer service took place at 7:30 p.m.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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