David R. Kohl, 80, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 13, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City from health complications. In lieu of a service, the family is having a gathering to share memories and celebrate David's life at a later date.
David was born Dec. 21, 1935, to Karl Walker Kohl and Rachel (Rick) Kohl in Cedar Rapids. One of 12 children, David was a unique individual with a mindset of interests, which included poetry, woodworking, reading and a love for science fiction. He graduated from Franklin High School and served in the U.S. Army based in Germany. He attended college at the University of Iowa and worked and retired as an engineer for Rockwell Collins.
Though David never married, he shared his passion for family life with frequent visits to siblings, nieces and nephews and continued on to great-nieces and great-nephews. His passion for woodworking stemmed from working alongside his father, a craftsman carpenter, by giving as gifts lock boxes, cars and animals to family members.
He is survived by his siblings, Bruce Kohl, Pete Kohl, Susan Blood, Mary Cowles and Patricia White; and many nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his parents, as well as siblings, Geraldyne Kreicoch, Carol Fish, Constance Alcott, William Kohl, Karl Joseph Kohl and Jon Kohl.