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Commander Bob Kohler

Created: 12/15/2017

From: Kenneth Killmeyer
Date: December 19, 2017 at 4:01:02 PM EST
Subject: Commander Bob Kohler
It is with great sadness that I report to all of his shipmates and friends that my dear Commander passed quietly and peacefully at 06:22 Tuesday December 19th.  Bob's illness was sudden and swift. His daughters and I are incredibly thankful for all the words of encouragement and prayers over these past two weeks.  And though we will miss him terribly we know that all of our lives are forever enriched for having known and loved a man of such dignity and grace.

A small reception/visitation will be held at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral home in Clemmons this Friday, December 22, from 6-8 PM.

On January 27th, 2018, his family will host a celebration of his life in honor of his 88th birthday at 5464 Stewart Drive in Virginia Beach.  Please contact Debby Wentzell at 757-286-3704 for additional information regarding this celebration.

Bob will receive a Full Honors Funeral at Arlington National Cemetary probably during the spring, those arrangements will be made available by Ken Killmeyer as soon as we have them in place.

Again, thank you all so very much for all your support during this very difficult time.

Jackie Kohler

From: Kenneth Killmeyer
Date: December 18, 2017 at 8:28:58 PM EST

Commander Bob Kohler’s health situation has taken a turn for the worst. Today, Bob Kohler has been placed on palliative care and is not expected to live very much longer.  Bob's wife Jackie Kohler was told that Bob could live for 24 hours to a week.  He had previously indicated his wishes, in writing, to not be placed on long term life support.  His treatment will continue to keep him comfortable.  He had also expressed his desire to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.  Jackie will see that Bob receives full naval honors for his 30 years of service.  This coming January 30th Bob would have been eighty-eight years old.

Please continue to keep Bob, Jackie, Bob's two daughters and their extended family in your prayers

Jackie will let us know when the inevitable occurs.

USS FORRESTAL Executive Board.

From: Kenneth Killmeyer
Date: December 15, 2017 at 11:26:22 AM EST
Subject: Commander Bob Kohler

It is with heavy hearts that we report Commander Bob Kohler, President of the USS FORRESTAL Association, Inc is in Critical Condition at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC due to NMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis.

Please pause with us and pray for Bob's recovery and reflect on his lengthy Naval Service and his leadership and guidance of nearly twenty-six years to the USS FORRESTAL Association, Inc. 

If you wish to express your thoughts and prayers for Bob and the entire Kohler family you may either write or e-mail Mrs. Jackie Kohler at 4659 Orchard Grove Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012 or

USS FORRESTAL Association Executive Board

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