Kenneth Walter Pohl

July 08, 1934 ‒ March 28, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Ken Pohl lived for the journey, not the destination. From an early age Ken was multi-dimensional. An avid traveler, analytical of mind, patriotic, genealogical researcher, Ken’s life was not one path, but many.

Those paths have converged as Ken passed to his rest Saturday evening March 28, 2015 in Winchester Terrace. He was 80.

Born July 8, 1934 in Worden Community of Douglas County, Kansas to Walter T. and Louise W. (Koehler) Pohl, he was graduated from University of Kansas with a B.S. in industrial management and a minor in petroleum engineering.

He entered military service with the U.S. Air Force Security Service. The top half of one per cent of the USAFSS was a secretive branch of cold war warriors tasked with monitoring, collecting and interpreting military voice and electronic signals. Stationed in Germany, Ken served as a Russian linguist transmitting intelligence to the National Security Agency.

He returned from Germany, and while registering for classes at KU, caught the eye of a co-ed. He married that young lady, Naomi Ruth Armstrong, December 26, 1959.

Ken accepted a position with SOHIO, working with their food service and vending division, and when it merged with Stouffer’s, he was responsible for expanding their service to turnpike rest-stops and later their service stations. He traveled Ohio and really the eastern half of the country with the former Cardinal Vending Company.

Later in life he earned his realtor’s license and sold homes for several years.

A lifelong interest in genealogy, Ken was a member of Richland County Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society and numerous other genealogical associations.

Ken was a compassionate man, who was never seen without a white shirt and dress slacks (he’d mow the lawn dressed up!), who had a quiet personality and loved animals.

He is survived by his wife Ruth; his daughter and son-in-law Cynthia & Doug Bower of Guanajuato, Mexico; his granddaughter Ashlea Schneider of Lexington; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John & Peggy Armstrong of Ottawa, Kansas and several cousins in Ottawa, Kansas. His daughter and son-in-law Patricia “Patti” & Christopher Schneider are deceased.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Chaplain Faith Proietti will speak and military honors will be offered by American Legion Post #535. Friends may call the hour prior to the service.

The Pohl family expresses their great appreciation to the nurses and staff of Winchester Terrace, who cared for Ken the past 16 months with great compassion.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ken’s memory to Tower Lakes Tree Fund or Ohio Genealogical Society may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Pohl family. To see Ken’s tribute video, or send them a message of sympathy and support, visit:

  • Dear Ruth,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts. Ken was such a special guy and we are privileged to have known him. Take care and we’ll see you later this spring.
    Kay & Gerry

  • Dearest Ruth,
    Please know that I am thinking of you daily. Ken is in peace and comfort now.
    May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish. xoxoxo

  • Was privledged to know Mr Pohl as a friend . He was always the quiet one, but would talk every time I saw him. Memories are a precious . Prayers to the family.

  • Ruth….My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I remember Kenneth from OHS and what a fine young man he was. A proud person and good student.
    He served our country well, also. I am thinking of you during these days and for weeks ahead. God bless you and your family. Love, Emily (OHS Class of ’55)

  • I am sorry for your loss. What an interesting and good life he experienced.
    Betty Harding (OHS class of 55)

  • Dear Ruth ,Cyndi, and Ashlea,

    So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. When I think of Ken , I think of his beloved Ruth making a comment that made him laugh and the smile that came across his face when he was bemused by her ! I know that you will cherish the many great memories that you had in your 50 plus years together, and miss him forever.

    With out love and sympathy,
    Shirley (Joe) Nasipak

  • Ken was a wonderful person to be around. Glad i was able to know him and take care of him some of the time he was at Winchester. May god comfort you all at this time. Your in my thoughts and prayers

  • Ruth
    We are so saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. Although we did not know him well, his memory lives in our home. God Bless you. Love and Prayers

  • Ruth and Family,

    What a blessing Kenneth was to the Pohl’s, my mother (Eunice’s) family. He did an amazing job with the Family Tree and we so appreciate all the time and care that he put into it. Our prayers are with you.

  • Ruth and Ashlea,
    You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. He and Patti are together in heaven celebrating their reunion.
    Love to you both

  • Such wonderful memories of playing euchre with Ruth and Ken. He was always amazed that Ruth and I could keep up a conversation and still win a hand. Born with a dry, witty sense of humor and he will be greatly missed