Robert L. "Bob" Kohler, 79

September 25, 2009

MAY 23, 1930-SEPT. 23, 2009

Robert L. "Bob" Kohler, 79, of Hagerstown, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Washington County Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born May 23, 1930, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Frederick and Nora (Gibson) Kohler.

Bob graduated from Roosevelt High School, in Washington D.C., and went on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and Catholic University. He was a veteran of the Korean War. After leaving the service, he worked as a freelance crime scene photographer for the Times Herald and the Washington Star.

He and his family moved to Hagerstown in July 1961, when his employer, Electronic Teaching Labs, relocated.

He retired from the Potomac Edison Co. in 1984. Following his retirement, he did consulting work for the Hagerstown Light Department and for the town of Williamsport. He was a member of the Morris Frock American Legion Post No. 42. Bob enjoyed making wooden toy cars and trucks, which he donated to The Salvation Army for Christmas.


He was an active member of First Baptist Church, in Hagerstown, where he served as a trustee.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of over 54 years, Joan (Simpson) Kohler; a son, Karl Kohler and wife Shannon of Hagerstown; a daughter, Karen Suranno of Mercersburg, Pa.; a brother, Karl E. Kohler and wife Betty of Lottsburg, Va.; two granddaughters, Kendall Suranno, Emily Suranno; a grandson, Brady Kohler, all of Hagerstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 15 High St., Hagerstown.

A private burial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's name to First Baptist Church, Hagerstown.

Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown, is in charge of the arrangements.

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