Owen Francis Kohler joined his Lord and Savior on November 25, 2017 in Cut Bank, Montana. He was born on November 18, 1927 to Chester and Elizabeth Weigand Kohler in Flint, Michigan. He moved to Minnesota at an early age and graduated from high school in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Owen came to Cut Bank, Montana in 1947 and went to work for Union Oil refinery. On June 14, 1947, Owen married the love of his life, Selma Johnson at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. In 1953 Owen went to work for O’Neil Plumbing. Owen subsequently purchased the business in 1981 and ran it as Kohler Plumbing until he retired in 1992.
Owen enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards but his passion was camping and meeting people. Owen and Selma were avid bridge players and traveled throughout Montana and neighboring states to play in duplicate bridge tournaments. When Owen wasn’t camping or playing cards you could find him sitting on his front porch always ready for someone to share a story or a laugh with. He served on the city council for ten years and one term on the Glacier Electric board. Owen and Selma were both charter members of Prairie Peace Lutheran Church.
Owen was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; an infant son; and his daughter, Peggy Tafelmeyer. He is survived by his wife, Selma Kohler; daughter, Linda Cady; sister, Dee Reich; grandchildren, Laura (Ernie) Barroso, Steve (Sara) Cady, Heather (Trevor) Holzer, Kimberly (Christopher) Tong, and Nicole Tafelmeyer; fourteen great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Service for Owen Kohler will be held at Prairie Peace Lutheran Church on Thursday, November 30, at 11:00 AM. A reception at the church will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to Prairie Peace Lutheran Church or the Glacier County Emergency Medical Services Department.