Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Father Armand Bertrand will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee. Visitation will be on Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a rosary with the Knights of Columbus at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences may be left at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Paul Kohns, the son of Peter P. and Elizabeth (Heller) Kohns was born Nov. 4, 1910, in rural Cherokee. His childhood years were spent in Cherokee where he received his education.
On July 8, 1933 Paul was united in marriage to Austrid Carlson at Maryhill Catholic Church. Following their marriage they farmed in Cherokee County for many years. Paul was a board member of the REC, a representative of Grinnell Mutual Insurance, President of Cherokee Farm Bureau, President of the Cherokee County Fair Board, and the Knights of Columbus. Paul also worked as a salesperson at the Gildner-Sauer Clothing store in Cherokee.
Paul's family felt that he was the best popcorn maker, which Paul greatly enjoyed making for his grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Astrid Carlson on December 8, 1992; two sisters (Josephine Smith and Marie Eischen); and one brother (Lawrence Kohns).
He is survived by his three children: Donald Kohns, and his wife, Jeanette, of East Grand Forks, Minn., Elaine Johnstone of Glendale, Ariz., and Larry Kohns of Olathe, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and many friends.