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Walter Lee KohlDecember 3, 1950 ~ March 27, 2017 (age 66)
Walter Lee Kohl, 66, passed away on March 27, 2017. Walt was born on December 3, 1950 in Taylorville, IL. He was a loving son, brother, dad, grandfather, and friend.
Walt was well traveled as a child. His father’s career in the U.S. Air Force took him all over the country and even included a brief stay in Japan. His favorite place, and his adopted hometown, was Colorado Springs, CO. In the Springs, he built and maintained many lifelong friendships. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1969 as a star athlete. Walt loved sports. He participated in baseball and track, but he shined the most on the gridiron and on the wrestling mat. He was offered scholarships in both sports and ultimately accepted a wrestling scholarship at Western State College of Colorado. Years later, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
He was married in 1972 in Tucson, AZ, to Debra “Debi” Guthrie. They went on to raise two children.
Walt worked in the dairy industry for 34 years. His career began at Creamland Dairy in Albuquerque, NM, in 1978. It began as a temporary position, but his solid work ethic led to a permanent position and promotion to plant superintendent. He transferred to Bell Dairy in Lubbock, TX, in 1986 and was promoted to plant manager in 1988. In 1995, he moved on to a new opportunity in Salt Lake City, UT, as plant manager of Cream o’Weber Dairy. He retired at the age of 61.
Walt loved his motorcycles and enjoyed traveling the country with his brother. Whether it was by motorcycle or automobile, he loved nothing more than a road trip. He also loved pool, art, photography, history, and politics. Most of all he loved laughing it up with his family and dear friends.
He is survived by his sister, Linda (John) Swinger; son, Curtis John (Pamela) Kohl; daughter, Kelly Kohl; and grandchildren, Makayla Kohl, John Walter Kohl, Alysha Roach, and Robert Chase Olsen.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Kohl; mother, Edna Jean Kohl; brother, John Kohl; several friends, and his many animal companions, especially Donovan and Bosko.
A memorial service will be held at the Stansbury Park Clubhouse, 1 Clubhouse Drive Stansbury Park, UT 84074, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. with a Celebration of Life reception to follow immediately at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Best Friends Animal Society or the Wound Warriors Project.