Lawrence Kohls

November 03, 1926 ‒ April 04, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Larry Kohls’ ability to entertain and keep his family and friends smiling with his quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Born Lawrence Joseph Kohls in Galion November 3, 1926 to Anthony and Marie (Miller) Kohls, he passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Galion at the spry age of 91.

Lawrence was a kind and gentle soul who garnered the love, admiration and respect of the lives he touched. He was generous with his time, love and money, always putting everyone else’s needs above his own, and always without complaint or expectation.

The eldest of 12 children, Lawrence was raised on a farm in Galion where he gained appreciation for the simpler things in life. Growing up he developed a passion for gardening. Nothing made him happier then to share the bounty of vegetables with family and friends. He loved to hunt, fish and golf and was most proud of his travels to Montana where he successfully returned home with an Elk. Lawrence was an avid reader who also enjoyed cooking and baking – his cookies were legendary among family and friends. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on engines and was the go to person if anything needed to be fixed. Above all, he loved spending time with his family, whether it be sharing stories around the kitchen table, baking cookies or attending his grandkids sporting events, Lawrence’s family was the joy of his life and he was the joy of theirs.

He attended Galion High School, and at the age of 19 enlisted in the Army where he served in the Aleutian Islands during WW II. He spent most of his career working as a machinist and foreman at Galion Dresser where he retired after 42 dedicated years of service. In 2011Larry had the honor and privilege to participate in the Honor Flight Columbus to experience Washington, D.C. and view the WW II memorial.

He leaves behind his children Mary Lou (Dennis) Junker, Marty (Lisa) Kohls, Lisa and (Mike) Orr, six grandchildren Lynn Steele, Lauren (Nick) Pernell, Jon (Hana) Junker, Kelly Kohls, Josh Kohls, and Alex Orr, and six great grandchildren: Mya and Ella Steele, Blake Kohls, Hayden Kohls, Audrey Pernell and Luna Junker; sisters Mary Yetzer, Dorothy Beach, Lousie Eitzen, Barbara Winely, Anne DeNero; brothers Robert (Betty) Kohls and Tom (Pam) Kohls , numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful four legged companion, Pooker.

He is preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Kohls, parents, Marie and Anthony Kohls, Siblings Bill Kohls, Rita Reed, Francis “Pete” Kohls and Betty Studer.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. April 9, 2018 followed by a vigil service at 7:45 p.m. with Deacon Greg Kirk at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 with Father Paul Fahrbach, celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Crawford County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

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

  • We wish to convey our condolences to the families of Lawrence Kohls family. We are sure he will be greatly missed.

  • Our sympathy to the family of Lawrence Kohls. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. RIP Larry. Bruce and Judy Kennedy

  • Mr. Kohls will be missed in the neighborhood. He was always ready to talk when we walked up his drive for a short visit. My husband enjoyed going to breakfast with him and learning about his life. Mr. Kolhs will be in my prayers as will all of you.

  • To the Lawrence Kohls Families,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for your loss.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dennis and Mary Lou,
    We are sorry for your loss. May your fond memories comfort you.

  • I was so sorry to hear about Larry’s death. I know he hadn’t been well for sometime. I worked with Larry at Galion Dresser. He was one of the nicest people I have ever known. He was always pleasant, always smiling, and always so easy going. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    Dreama Caudill

  • Mary Lou, Marty & Lisa,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May all of your memories comfort you through this difficult time.
    You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
    Tricia (Olmstead) Baldwin

  • So very sorry for your lost. He was a special man! To all of you my deepest sympathy.

  • Dennis and Mary Lou,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Larry as an intellegent and very funny guy. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Susan & Dave

  • Mary Lou , Lisa , Marty and Family, we are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, he was such a sweet quite and considerate man. You are the best of him Prayers and thoughts your way

  • Mary Lou and Marty, So sorry for your loss. May your memories of your dad comfort you and your family.

  • I was so sad to hear about your dad’s passing. He was a great guy. I enjoyed delivering newspapers to him and fun times there with Lisa. He always was fun to talk to. Especially when I was visiting my mom. I don’t think I ever talked to him that we didn’t end up laughing. He always put a smile on his face and mine. He would always update me on you guys he sure was proud of you and as he did I hope you always fall back on your memories for a fondness with him. He was one of the great ones. Take care and know your all in my thoughts.

  • Im so sad to hear of your dads passing one of my favorite guys to wait on. He always made me smile when i would see him walk in the resturant with you guys.

  • We just read the lovely life story of Larry and watched the emotional video. This all brought many memories of the family when we were neighbors east of Galion. Larry looked so much like his father who was greatly admired as Larry was. I went to school with Pete and I am sorry to hear of his passing but God is faithful! We wish you comfort and the peace of God which we sensed in the music that was being played with the video. Our love in Christ, Bruce and Mabel Callender