Shirley Louise Kohn of Green Ridge, Missouri went to her eternal home in heaven peacefully in her sleep at 5:40 a.m. on March 11, 2014 at 90 years of age. She was born on Aug. 11, 1923 in Joliet, Ill., the daughter of Olaf B. and Louise Wilamena Eichelkraut Olson, who preceded her in death, as did her brothers: Ralph M. and William O. Olson.
On Sept. 23, 1956 she accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at Concord Christian Church, Sigsbee. She was currently a member of Parkview Christian Church, Sedalia, Mo.
On Jan. 12, 1946 she married Lester A. Kohn, who preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1986. They made their home on their farm in rural Bethel. Her children include Lynda L. Steele of Columbia, SC, Frederick O. Kohn, of Bethel, Charles L. (Mary) Kohn, of Bethel, Karen (Gale) Culler of Green Ridge, Edward (Sharon), of Bethel and Marlene (Elzia) Turpin, of Streator, Ill.
She was blessed with 41 grandchildren. Six preceded her in death: Edward M. Turpin, Willam C. Turpin, Troy C. Culler, Edward M. Kohn, James M. Steele & Curtis D. Brockman. She had 43 great grandchildren, one of which is already home with Jesus, Nattalie Grace Weber. She was also great-great-grandma to 9. Her surviving grandchildren and greats are Phillip Steele, Shirlena Reed, Terry, Lacy & Terrance Kohn, Leslie Kohn & Hallie Bue, Tracie Kohn, Laura Kohn, Tim & Lindsey Kohn, Amy, Dan, Jason, Joshua, Jared & Jacob Foreman, Kathy, Mike, Jenna & Kelsie Mattile, Jim & Nakia Kohn, Krista & Ethan Buzzard, Kelly, Brie & Dustin VonRuden, Donna Czerniak, Terence & T. J. Culler, Jaden & Tristen Blew, Kim, Neal, Andrea & Brandi Becker, Larry, Rebecca & Ryan Brockman, Brittany Cooley, Robert & Samantha Gorham, Dana, Bob & Bryce Wetherell, Jessica, Jason, Reece & Aubrie Heany, Curtis, Jr, Kaiden, Zaydin & Ansley Brockman, Tyler, Mayson & Keagan Brockman, Brian, Deanna, & B.J. Brockman, Stephanie, Chloe & Waylon Hall, Troy, Amy, Cassie & Alex Brockman, Judi, Jacob, Weston & Wyatt Crawford, Amanda, Rick, Jacob, Jackson & Jasper Inman, Amber, Riley & Tayler Rayfield, Jessica, Jeff, Zachary, Sarah, Tyler, Levi, Raven, Kaylee & Amelia Weber. In addition, she was Grandma to all of the Show-Me Christian Youth Home children since 1986.
Shirley graduated from Ottawa High School in Ottawa, IL and had one year of business college. She worked as an office employee and for Owen’s Glass prior to her marriage. She was a full time wife and homemaker throughout her 40 year marriage. Following her husband’s death, she made her home with her daughter, Karen and son-in-law, Gale Culler, where she was actively involved in the Show-Me Christian Youth Home ministry, assisting in a variety of capacities.
Following her retirement she enjoyed her family, reading and listening to gospel music. Her favorite TV shows were the Walton’s & Little House on the Prairie. She also enjoyed the cooking channel. Her culinary skills were always an extra special blessing to her loved ones.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parkview Christian Church, Sedalia.
Family will greet friends Friday morning, one hour prior to service.
Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, March 14 also at Parkview Christian Church, Sedalia. Brother Rodney Brown will officiate and Brother Alan Morse will assist.
A second funeral service will be held on Friday, March 14, in Bethel at 4 p.m. at Bethel Christian Church. Brother Jeff Blaine will officiate with Brother Jerry Kaser and Brother Michael Brands assisting.
Family will receive friends at Bethel one hour prior to service.
Burial will be at Bethel Zion Cemetery, Bethel.
Pallbearers will be Tim Kohn, Terry Kohn, Terence Culler, T.J. Culler, Brian Brockman, Troy Brockman, Jacob Crawford and Jeff Weber.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Show Me Christian Youth Home, Parkview Christian Church, La Monte Christian Church, or Bethel Christian Church in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.
A special thank you to the Crossroads Hospice employees of Warrensburg for the loving, quality care.