Francis “Pete” Kohls

October 22, 1938 ‒ December 11, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Francis “Pete” Kohls, 76, of Galion passed away Thursday morning, December 11, 2014 surrounded by his loving family in his home.

He was born October 22, 1938 in Galion and was the son of Anthony John and Marie Claire (Miller) Kohls.

Pete married his wife of nearly 57 years, Christina J. (Bevan) Kohls on January 4, 1958 and she survives.

He graduated from Galion High School in 1957. Following high school, Pete worked for McKinley Co., Gunther Sheet Metal and the Mike Volk Co. He was an outstanding member of the community and a 40 year member of the Sheet Metal Local #33.

Pete was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion. He spent his life bringing joy to others and helping those in need. His kind heart left an impact on all those around him. Pete was full of wisdom, loved the outdoors and had a great sense of humor. He was a very giving person and would do anything for anyone. Pete was greatly loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Francis “Pete” (Tiffany) Kohls Jr. of Mt.Gilead, Karla (Duane) Hobson of Mt. Gilead, Karin (John) Miller of Galion; grandchildren, Ashleigh (Tom) Pendergast, Crystal (Tony) Russell, Kyle (Kelsey) Kohls, Janna Kohls, Tristin Kohls, Piper Kohls, Dustin (Christa) Kohls, Steve (Brittany) Hobson, Sandy Smith, Jessica (Nick) Jones and Abigail (Adam) Gerhart; great grandchildren, Aydian Russell, Harmony Russell, Ava Kohls, Luke Kohls, Camden, Elise, Sasha, Mandie and Heidi Kohls, Isabella Hobson; brothers, Lawrence Kohls of Galion, Robert (Elizabeth) Kohls of Indianapolis and Thomas (Pam) Kohls of Minn.; sisters, Mary (Harold) Yetzer of Shelby, Elizabeth (Ralph) Studer of New Washington, Dorothy (Harold) Beach of Galion, Louise Eitzen of Minn., Barbara Winely of Galion and Ann (Douglas) DeNero of Galion.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother William Kohls and a sister Rita Reed.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where a vigil service will be held Sunday at 3:30 pm with Deacon Greg Kirk officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father John Miller as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Research Hospital in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Pete Kohls, and condolences may be made to them at

  • The Kohls family
    So sad to hear of Pete’s passing. My brother “Gene” told me while I was in Galion today. I came home and looked him up at the funeral home on line, and the minute I saw that face I broke out in a big smile.That was Pete. couldn’t help but smile the minute you saw him coming. He will be dearly missed by many. The Grubaugh” Kids”

  • My deepest sympathy to the Kohls family. I went to school with Karin and remember Mr. Kohls as being so friendly and joking with me when I visited their home. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

    Donna Payne-Wilson

  • Pete was my first baseball coach when I was 8 years-old in 1970. I didn’t have a hit all season going into the final game. Before I went to bat for the last time of the year, Pete said, “If you don’t get a hit, I’m gonna kick you in the butt.”
    I struck out, and SLOWLY walked back to the dugout. He was standing there waiting, but, instead of kicking me, smiled and said, “You tried.” That was 44 years ago and I remember it like it was today.
    RIP, Coach.


  • To all of the families of Pete,
    Max and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to all of you in your loss of
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this time and in the days to follow.

    Ruby and Max
    Harlingen, Texas

  • Our sincere condolences go out to you all. Uncle Pete helped me out more times than I can imagine. I love you all and just know that he is watching over us now with my father and numerous others that love us all!! You will be missed Uncle Pete!!

  • “What a Guy ” At one time my Father-in-law , but always my friend. He was always so very kind to me and the smile on his face and the teasing always made me laugh. He is who my son got his good looks from. May he rest in peace . You are very loved.

  • So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. We have a lot of good memories and he will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Karin and family, So sorry to read about the death of your Father. May he rest in peace. Praying for all of you.

  • We are so deeply sorry for your families loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Pete, So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a super sweet person and will be missed by many. Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Pete, Karla, & Karen:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the passing of your Dad. May the memories that he left you with, live on forever in your hearts!

  • To Pete Jr. Real sorry to hear of your dads passing.From his visits to our restaurant.(posey D’s) He became a friend not just a customer. That’s what we miss most about giving our restaurant up. Friends we met along the way.Think of you often but see you have chosen your path in life.Best wishes to you and your family and may God bless you all thru the days ahead..We no longer live in galion but on occassion of passing thru we would see Pete go by and still had a smile on his face.He will always be remembered.Take care! !! Original owners(Posey D’s) Rose(Posey) &Dan Day.

  • To Tom Kohls,
    I am truly sorry to hear about Pete. He was my first “older boy hero”. I remember Bob and Pete jumping off the school bus and racing each other down the lane to the farm. And he saved my brother Ron’s life when he pulled the clutch on the old John Deere tractor just before it ran over Ron’s head. Pete will be missed.
    Tom & Connie Britton

  • Chris and Family:

    I was so saddened to hear the news of Pete’s death. I will always remember Pete’s laugh and wonderful sense of humor. I do believe everytime I saw him he called me “kiddo”. That greeting became more precious as years passed and I moved beyond the kiddo age! He simply made my day with his intense love of life. Prayers to you as you walk through this very sad time.

    Becky Mahoney

  • Dear Chris, Pete, Karla, Karin & families,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father & grandfather. I remember how nice he was to all of us when we were kids. He loved to make us laugh and tease us. Always grinning from ear to ear! He was a kind hearted man and will be missed by many. He was so proud of his family!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  • Chris, Petey, Karla, Karen, & families,
    I am so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing and hope your wonderful memories will bring you comfort at this difficult time.

    Thinking of you with love.

  • So sorry that I we were unable to attend. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Pete will be missed.
    Love and prayers,
    Tom & Amy

  • So sorry that we were unable to attend. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Pete will be missed.
    Love and prayers,
    Tom & Amy

  • Very sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. You have our deepest condolences and prayers.

    Ashley (Nigh) Smith

  • Mrs Kohls, Pete,Karla,Karen,
    words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of The passing of Pete. You are all in our prayers. Pete’s memory will live on in the accomplishments of his family. Keep his memory alive in your hearts until you see him again.

  • Chris, we are so sorry to hear about your loss of Pete. What a guy; always friendly and helpful. I cherish the short time we had two years ago when Barb’s mother died and you came to the house to look over items to buy. Pete stayed in the car so I went out and spent some time talking to him. In addition, you two were always at the class reunions and greeted us all with hugs and smiles. I can’t help but remember the high school years, and playing football with Pete. He made quite the sacrifice for football, working on the farm and sometimes missing two-a-days because of that. But he took his football seriously and was one of our outstanding linemen. We send our love to you and your family in this time of mourning.

  • Chris, we are so sorry for your loss. We both remember the 50th reunion and talking with you and Pete. I fondly remember our high school years and especially football. I can still see and hear Pete, as linebacker calling out signals and giving directions to the defensive line men. At the time I was playing guard, both defense and offense. Precious memories.

    Please accept our sincerest condolence.

  • Pete was always a good friend, an upbeat personality and a great athlete. I will not forget his infectious smile. I enjoyed his company and our time on the Galion HS football team. Chris, you picked a great spouse. He is missed. Sorry for your loss. Kurtz

  • The Pete Kohls Family,
    Please accept our sympathy and prayers. Pete was one of a kind and he most certainly had a lot of fun in his lifetime.
    The Ron Nelson Fmaily