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Gary R. Kohler

October 18, 1949 — April 23, 2022

Gary Robert Kohler, age 72, passed on Saturday April 23, 2022 peacefully with his family by his side after a long battle with Lymphoma Brain Cancer. He was born on October 18th, 1949 to Robert and Ester Kohler. Gary’s life started in Oshkosh, he later attended seminary school in Oneida and served as the Assistant Chaplin for the US Army.

Gary started working for the USPS in 1968 and a few years later he met and married Vivian Cudahy along with her two sons Vince and Glen. Gary was Vivian’s best friend, lover and hero. Two years later together they welcomed a third son Ryan. Gary retired from the United States Post Office after 36 years with many lifelong friends. Retirement was filled with the things most important to Gary, the love of his life Vivian, family and many friends.

Gary enjoyed traveling with his beautiful bride, fishing trips with his sons and friends, spending time with his three special grandchildren Jaden, Alayna and Chase. He was a member of the Elks chapter 292, Boo hum ditt dums, Lakeshore Club.  Gary could be found in the middle of any great conversation smoking the perfect cigar, listening to great music, photographing special moments for family and friends, bird watching, catching a Brewers game, or little casino fun while traveling with Vivian.

Gary is survived by his wife of 46 years Vivian Kohler; sons: Ryan (Wendy) Kohler, Vince (Wendy) Moore; siblings: Barbara (Jerry) Rodencal, Suzie Lemberger, Mary (Doug) Clark, Jeff (JoAnne) Kohler, and Karla (Tony) King; grandchildren: Jaden, Alayna, and Chase. He is further survived by extended family: Karen Kennedy, Craig (Margaret) Cudahy, Gordon (Lynn) Cudahy.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ester Kohler; in-laws: Bernard and Virginia Cudahy; son: Glen Moore; nephews: Rob Perez and Cody King; brother-in-law: Jim Lemberger and special aunt Clara and uncle Joe.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Elks Lodge #292, 175 W. Fernau Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54901. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until 5:30 PM. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 PM followed by Military Honors, and an Elks service.

Thank you to all those who helped take care of Gary at Aspire Senior Living. Thank you to family members, Jeff, Mary, Sue, and Karla, good friends, Eric (MiMi), John, Jim, Mark, Doug, David, Dick, Chris, Jerry, Bob, Krystal and Carl for all of the special visits, and to Ron and John for the very appreciated calls. All of you made Gary’s most difficult days a little brighter.

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