Brian Russell Kahl, 52, died on Aug. 9, 2007 after a battle with colon cancer. Funeral services will be held in Wichita, Kan., Saturday Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas.
Brian was born on July 18, 1955 to Russell and Sonia (Boughton) Kahl, He spent his early years in Cherokee. After his parents divorced, his mother married M. Don George, MD and the family moved to Wichita, Kan. He graduated from Wichita Heights High School in 1973, and attended journalism classes at Wichita State University and KU before heading to Florida to work as a newscaster for a public broadcasting station in Tallahassee.
His career included news broadcasting positions at KOFM in Oklahoma City, KFDI in Wichita, KCUR in Kansas City, WFSU in Tallahassee, and WQHI in Florida. He was awarded several honors for his coverage of political and human interest stories in Florida and the Mid West.
Spending several years at the Lake of the Ozarks, he enjoyed working at various resorts and popular restaurants. He also worked toward completing his Political History degree at Columbia College at the Lake Ozark campus, where he was on the Dean's list.
He loved being close to the water, whether it was along the Gulf coast of Florida, the Ozarks, or Lake Okoboji where he worked many summers in Iowa. He loved water skiing, boating, biking and found life peaceful in the Ozark woods or in the Apalachicola Forest of Florida.
He is predeceased in death by his grandparents, Albert and Anna Kahl of Cherokee, Harrison and Edna Boughton Prior of Ida Grove, parents Russell Kahl of Cherokee and Sonia Boughton George and stepfather Don George, MD of Wichita.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Cyndy Kuntzelman Price and Patrick Price of Kansas City; brother Matt George and his wife Dana George of Wichita; his stepmother, Judy Franklin George of Wichita; uncles and aunts, Steve and Nova Boughton of Brainerd, Minn.; Bud and Pat Boughton of Wichita, and stepmother, Carolyn Kahl of Cherokee.
Numerous cousins and high school friends have been supportive of him in his battle with cancer, and the family thanks all people who have given their time, energies, friendship, spiritual strength and medical knowledge as he struggled to regain his health.