Charles (Chuck) Edward Kohler
Charles (Chuck) Edward Kohler, age 49, of Hanapepe, Hawaii (Island of Kauai), and formerly of Winsted, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue, Hawaii.
He was born April 2, 1958, in Hutchinson, the son of Raymond and Joyce (Hirsch) Kohler. Chuck was baptized in the Catholic faith.
After living in several worldwide locations including Saigon, Vietnam; Taipei, Taiwan, and several stateside locations due to his father’s Navy career, Chuck returned to Winsted in 1970, at age 12, and graduated from Winsted Holy Trinity High School in 1975.
He enjoyed sports while in high school and was an active participant on the Winsted Holy Trinity football, wrestling, and baseball teams.
Following high school Chuck worked as a stainless steel welder. His welding jobs took him to several locations around the country, which he truly enjoyed.
Chuck first visited Kauai and lived there for a short time in the mid 1980s. He loved it so much that in 1991, he decided that he wanted to spend the rest of his life there.
He saw an opportunity to turn his dream into reality when hurricane Iniki struck Kauai and nearly devastated the Island in 1991. With his background in welding and his willingness to work hard, Chuck took the opportunity to get back to Kauai and gain meaningful employment helping to rebuild an Island which he had fallen in love with. He and his wife, Linda, moved to Kauai later that year, and he had been living in this place he called “paradise” ever since.
Upon his return to Kauai, Chuck quickly found a welding position with Martin Steel Corporation, where he was employed for many years until he became disabled due to a back injury.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; his mother, Joyce; and his sister, Katherine (Kay) Bird.
He is survived by his father, Raymond J. Kohler of Howard Lake; two brothers, Jonathan L. Kohler, of Hanapepe, Hawaii, and Timothy J. (Laurie) Kohler of Ormond Beach, Fla.; a sister, Jacqueline R. (Joe) Kitts of Howard Lake; brother-in- law Daniel Bird; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be determined at a later date. The family has asked that all acknowledgments be delayed until memorial service is conducted, which will be announced at a later date.