Darwin Holmes "Skip" KOHLER

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Darwin Kohler in photo taken at the Port Royal Lutheran Church in 1992.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/20/09 - Image Year: 1992

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Darwin Holmes "Skip" Kohler, was the second child of Warren and Mary (McCormick) Kohler. He was born in Turbett Township on January 27, 1910.

He attended Mount Hope Elementary School and was graduated from Port Royal High School in 1927. In the meantime he had begun to drive a milk truck for Paul Meloy in 1926. In 1928 he secured employment with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and worked with store manager Elliott Towsey. During his years with A&P he served as vacation manager of a number of stores in the Central Pennsylvania area. Skip's (his nickname) tenure with A&P ended in 1948 when it was discovered that he had tuberculosis of the spine.

In 1950 Skip secured employment with the First National Bank of Port Royal, later to be merged with the Port Royal National Bank which was bought by the Juniata Valley Bank. In 1975 Skip retired from the Juniata Valley National Bank in Port Royal as Assistant Cashier. During his tenure at the bank, he was a founding member and director of the Tuscarora Valley Loan Company. After retirement from the bank, he drove cars for Leidy Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Mifflintown Pa.

In March 1999, he fell and broke his leg at the home of his brother, Warren B. Kohler. He never returned home but for approximately six months lived at the Ohesson Manor Nursing Home in Lewistown, Pa. It was there he died on Friday Evening, October 8, 1999.

On February 20, 1934, Darwin Kohler married Dorothy Margaret Ard, daughter of William Henry and Edith Margaretha Haines Ard. This union produced just one child. He was born December 23, 1939 and was named Warren Ray Kohler after his two uncles, Warren B. Kohler and S. Ray Ard.

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Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/20/09 - Image Year: 1911
This picture shows Darwin "Skip" Kohler as a baby of about a year.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/20/09 - Image Year: 1912
This is a picture of Darwin Kohler at the age of about a year and a half.
Contributed by garthe on 9/21/09 - Image Year: 1927
Darwin Kohler's Port Royal High School Yearbook Picture, Class of 1927.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 4/4/12 - Image Year: 1929
TURBETT TOWNSHIP FRIENDS: Darwin "Skip" Kohler and Bob Crozier at the bridge near the dam in Old Port.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/20/09 - Image Year: 1930
This is a picture of Darwin Kohler in the side yard of the Kohler Home on Town Lane in Port Royal. The year is approximately 1930.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 4/4/12 - Image Year: 1930
HUNTERS: "NONNIE" GILSON and "SKIP" KOHLER during Hunting season.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 4/4/12 - Image Year: 1940
Skip Kohler and Elliott Towsey in front of the A&P on Second Street in Port Royal. (Elliott was the manager and Skip his assistant.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/20/09 - Image Year: 1962
Darwin Kohler on the Juniata Valley Bank Float during the parade for the 150th Anniversary of Port Royal in 1962.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/20/09 - Image Year: 1962
Darwin and Margaret Kohler with sister-in-law Eleanor Ard McCahan dressed for the 150th Anniversary of Port Royal in 1962.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/17/17 - Image Year: 1962
MARIETTE SUSQUECENTENNIAL FLOAT: George Ebersole and Darwin "Skip" Kohler (standing on tractor) waits for George to board the Marietta Shoppe Float for the parade. (Photo submitted by Randy Groninger)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 4/7/12 - Image Year: 1990
NONNIE GILSON, SKIP KOHLER and HARRY NAYLOR at Harry's Pool Room about 1990.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 6/24/12 - Image Year: 1992
KOHLER SIBLINGS: Warren B. Kohler, Jessie Kohler Book and Darwin "Skip" Kohler at 50th Wedding Anniversary for Warren and Jane Towsey Kohler in 1992.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 4/4/12 - Image Year: 1999
BROTHERS: Warren B. Kohler and Darwin H. "Skip" Kohler at Ohesson Manor Nursing Home, Lewistown, June 8, 1999.



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