Kenneth R. Kohley

June 8, 1939 - November 5, 2020

Kenneth  R. Kohley


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Kenneth R. Kohley, 81, of Garden Prairie, IL passed away suddenly Wednesday, November 5, 2020 from complications of COVID-19. He was born on June 8, 1939 in Naperville, IL to Ralph and Agnes (Spang) Kohley. Ken graduated high school at Marmion Military Academy in Aurora, IL in 1957. Ken Proudly Served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Ken and Susan Messmer of Aurora, IL were joined in Holy Wedlock on March 21, 1964. The two celebrated 56 years of love and laughter, easy times and hard times, in sickness and health, joy and sadness, always together. Three children were born to this union, daughter, Marguerite; sons, Peter (too suddenly departing at the age of 21) and Christopher. Ken enjoyed spending time with his children and his favorite grandson Evan and great-granddaughter Ella Claire.

His faith was important to Ken and he helped as an altar server and extraordinary minister at St.  James Catholic Church in Belvidere, IL

Ken served on the Boone County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for many years and helped in all activities of this organization. Ken’s greatest joy was his life long career in dairy and grain farming as he displayed true dedication to the care of his “many girls” and love for the land he worked.

Ken enjoyed many extracurricular activities during and after retirement. Lawn mowing, visits to Uncle John’s Coffee-Shop, mowing, Boone County Fair, lawn mowing, parades, gossiping with neighbors and other famers, farm auctions and lawn mowing.  

Ken enjoyed life, had a quick wit and great sense of humor and was a friend to everyone he met.

Ken is survived by wife, Susan; daughter, Marguerite Kohley; son, Christopher (fiancé Tracy Tartaglia) Kohley; grandson, Evan (Martina Marsh) DuBose and sweet little great-granddaughter, Ella Claire DuBose; sister-in-law, Catherine “Toots” Kohley; brother-in-law, William Messmer; sister-in-law, Mary (Robert Hay) Messmer, as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son, Peter Kohley; parents; brothers, Donald and Richard (Karen) Kohley; sister, Louise (John) Ziman; nieces Paula and Laura Kohley; and beloved grandfather, John Kohley.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private Services will take place at a later date. Memorial to the family to establish a memorial in Ken’s Honor.

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Private Services will take place at a later date.

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Susan so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cindy Mathison 2020-11-21T11:35:44

Oh Maggie, I’m so sorry to hear!! Seeing your Dad’s picture brought back fun high school memories of your lovely farm and spirited family! I remember your Dad being soft-spoken and always had a bright smile on his face.
Peace and Love to you and yours,
Kathy Laskonis

Katherine Laskonis Woodhouse 2020-11-17T12:33:56

Susan, Maggie and Christopher. So sorry for your family’s loss. Ken was a very nice man.

Jodi (Ellwanger) Johnson 2020-11-17T09:28:04

please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Ken was a very good customer of mine and l enjoyed fixing his tractors when they broke.

Bill Jenkins and family 2020-11-14T20:49:32

To the Kohley Family, please accept our deepest condolences. May time help you heal and bring you peace.

Jarret, Heidi, Eli, & Savannah Loofboro

Loofboro Family 2020-11-14T19:52:30

My heart breaks for your loss. May you find comfort from each other in the days to come. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Ken was a very special man and friend. With Love, Carrie

Carrie Gray Wolfe 2020-11-09T01:40:17

Our prayers and sympathy to you Sue and your whole family.

Rod and Karen Snyder 2020-11-08T13:53:48

Dear Sue, Maggie, and Chris, We are so sorry for your loss. Ken’s laugh echoes in my memory as I think about our friendships especially in our Belvidere years. I’m remembering your hayride parties in Fall, Father Tim’s Masses at your farm, your beautiful Christmas trees and more. Hugs and prayers, Joanne and Steve and family

Joanne Newton 2020-11-08T12:38:28

My heart goes out to you and your family, Sue. Ken was a wonderful guy. (I remember when you were dating). It looks like he had a passion for lawn mowing 😉. Wishing you comfort in all your memories together.
Love and hugs, Marsha

Marsha Carr 2020-11-08T12:26:39

Our love and hugs to you , Sue and your family. We wish we could be with you but we are in spirit and in prayer. God bless you and keep you. Faye and Cameron

Faye McFarlane 2020-11-08T11:22:07


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