Lawrence Edward Kohler, Jr. (AKA”Little Larry”)
February 11, 1964 – March 7, 2019
Larry was born to Larry Sr. and Marge Kohler in Omaha, NE as the oldest of four children. His siblings will attest that he was a great role model despite his love to tease them relentlessly. Larry was an amazing husband and father to his wife and four girls, whom he loved dearly. As he would say, “I love my girls.” He married his high school sweetheart, Susie, on June 11, 1983. Together, Larry and Susie had four daughters and 10 grandchildren. Katie and Dustin Meester of Marshalltown, IA and their children Elijah, Evan, Emelia, Elliana, Elsie, Edison, Eivin, and Edward; Amber Kohler of Denver, CO; Kylie Kohler of Omaha, NE; and Makayla and Drew Findley of Gering, NE with their twins Norah and Alice. Oh, how Larry loved to play with his grandchildren and toss them in the air!
Along with his wife of 35 years and daughter’s family’s mentioned, Larry leaves behind his father Larry Kohler, Sr and three siblings, Steve and Dee Kohler of Papillion, NE; Chris and Dawn Kohler of LaVista, NE; and Marjie and Younes Benabdesslam of Papillion, NE; as well as a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He made each of us feel so special to him in a way only that individual and he could understand.
Larry was a strong and very driven individual. He put his all into everything he did. He loved wrestling! As a high school wrestler he took 2nd at State (he was cheated out of first, bad call ref!). Larry continued to share his passion for wrestling as he coached for the Jr. Rams for many years while also wrestling in college.
To better focus on his studies, he gave up his love for coaching and was the first in his family to obtain a college diploma, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Construction Engineering Technology. After graduating in December 1994, he went to work for Continental Fire Sprinkler Company where he was worked hard to become the head of the engineering department. He was passionately dedicated to his work until his brain was taken by Frontal Temporal Dementia.
Over the years we watched as the dementia took increasingly more parts of him, but we are now thrilled to know he is without disease as he stands before his Savior, Jesus Christ to hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant. I am so proud of your dedication in sharing the gospel with so many.” He is most definitely singing and dancing with Jesus alongside his mother and great wrestling friend, Rob Sistek.
His legacy will live on as he has been accepted into a brain research study at Mount Sinai in New York City. We hope his contributions will continue to further the knowledge of Frontal Temporal Dementia and a possible connection to TBI/CTE or other factors not yet known.
VISITATION: Monday, March 11th from 5:30pm to 8pm at Community Bible Church, 9001 “Q” St. SERVICES: Tuesday, March 12th at 11am, Community Bible Church. Memorials to New Day Orphanage, www.newdayorphanage.org
My prayers are with your family. Larry was a good friend. He was like a big brother to me when we were growing up. Great memories, and I thank you.
I am sorry for your loss.Please accept these words of friendship and caring. Please trust in the comfort of hope and time.