James D. “Jim” Kohler

February 05, 1951 ‒ February 07, 2020

Marion, Ohio

James D. “Jim” Kohler, age 69, of Marion, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, February 7, 2020, at Marion General, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 5, 1951, in Marion, to the late Theodore L. and Flora L. (Smith) Kohler. Jim graduated from Marion Harding High School with the class of 1970. Shortly after high school Jim enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a cook until his honorable discharge.

For many years, Jim worked in maintenance at the Marion County Courthouse of which he retired from.

With a love for the outdoors, Jim enjoyed to bow hunt and fish. He also loved tending to his gardens where he grew a variety of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Good with his hands, he could fix just about anything and was an excellent craftsman when it came to woodworking. Jim had a strong work ethic, was a fighter, and competitive which led to him being quite the pool shark in his early years. Jim was longtime member of American Legion Post 584 and the V.F.W. Post 7201 where he enjoyed the company of fellow veterans.

Jim will be dearly missed by his children: Jodi Taylor, Dereck Kohler, Stacie Brown, and Jessica Bussey; 11 grandchildren; brother, Ted (Rita) Kohler; sister, Diane (Doug) Bauer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Barb Oberdier, Richard Kohler, Keith Kohler, and Karen Olds.

His family will greet friends from 3 to 5 PM, Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Gunder/Hall Chapel. (347 W. Center St., Marion, OH 43302) A celebration of his life will follow at 5 PM. A burial with full military honors will be observed on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 2:30 PM, in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.( 10175 Rawiga Rd, Seville, OH 44273)

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with final expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Jim’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • to my brother Mr.James David such a strong name. well miss our weekly text. I hope and pray you finally found some peace. Karen and I loved you very much . I will always remember your kind heartedness . I think of all of those little old ladies on morrow street you helped. love you little sister as you like to call me dianadu

  • I went to school with Jim and Keith since elementary school. We want to extend our sincere sympathy to his family. Thinking of you all in live and prayers.
    Fred and Margie Saull

  • What a amazing man !! Memories of you will be with me forever. Peace be with you always ..I love you Jim and I’m grateful to have had you in my life.