Eugene F. Kohl, 81, of Freeport formerly from Pearl City passed away suddenly on Saturday November 17, 2018 at FHN. He was born in Savanna, II on July 4, 1937 to Albert and Hazel Joyce (Wood) Kohl. He married Sandra Lee Dole on July 14, 1958, and together they enjoyed 60 years of marriage. They have three children: Kathleen Kohl (Mark) Reuber, Michael (Sue Endress) Kohl, and Kevin (Carla Hake) Kohl; Grandsons: Brett Michael, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Kohl, Jeremy Kohl, and Bradley (Karin) Kohl; Great Grandsons: Braeden, Carter, Jordan and Owen; one sister, Darlene Mueller, and niece Cindy Mueller.
He lived in Savanna, II until the death of his father. The family moved to Lena with his Grandparents and then moved to Freeport. As a young man he worked on his aunt & uncle Eldora & Alfred Blairs farm in Stockton. He also worked at Casfords Grocery in Freeport. He then joined the Army 457″ Airborne Field Artillery Battalion in 1954 and traveled to Germany and Austria. When he returned from the service he worked construction for Freeport Construction Company, Beloit Pipeline, and Winter Construction. He was a longtime member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #150. He then was elected to be Loran Township Road Commissioner in Pearl City for 20 years, and a director of the T.O.I. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles Club, Owls Club, and Masonic Lodge also a past member of Methodist Church Board, Pearl City Fire Dept. He enjoyed working on stock cars, go-carts, playing horseshoes, softball, golf and bowling. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and boating. He was a Scout leader and coached Little League Baseball. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Lions.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, nephew, and infant son at birth. A memorial has been established in his memory.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday November 24, 2018 at 11 AM, at the Pearl City United Methodist Church in Pearl City. A visitation will be held on Friday November 23, 2018 from 4-7 PM, also at the Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.schwarzfh.com