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Kohler, Roger J.

ORRVILLE — Roger J. Kohler, 85, died Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Aultman Hospital in Canton following a period of declining health.
He was born July 9, 1936, to Jay K. and Anne E. (Fisher) Kohler and lived his whole life on the family farm.  He graduated from Orrville High School in 1954, where he had been active in band, basketball, and FFA.
He met Betty L. Swartzwalder at Rural Youth, and they were married on April 21, 1957.  They raised five children and celebrated sixty-three years of marriage prior to Betty’s death in January 2021.
In addition to his life of farming, he served on the boards of the Dalton Equity and NOBA, and was a trustee in Sugar Creek Township for many years.  He was confirmed in the Evangelical and Reformed Church (now Christ United Church of Christ) in Orrville, and served on consistory.
Roger and Betty enjoyed traveling together, with their family, and as part of his board responsibilities.  They were members of Dancer’s Club which they attended regularly with friends.  They looked forward to catching up with family and friends at the Wayne County Fair every September.
He is survived by children: Shirley (John) Weyrauch; Jenny (Rebecca Crowl) Kohler; Carrie (John) LeFever; Roger J. “Jake” (Jana Shonk) Kohler II; and Paula Kohler.  Fourteen grandchildren: Adam, Jeff, and Jacob (Elise Bollinger) Weyrauch; Miranda (Peter) Crowl Gatsios, and Ashley Kohler; Lester (Ashley King) LeFever, Amanda, Joshua (Serena de La Grange) LeFever, Rachael and Rochelle LeFever; Heather (Danny) Kohler Evans, and Matthew (Anna Weikert) Kohler; Kelsey and Kehra Feltner.  Twelve great grandchildren:  Henry, Jadon, Jackson, Jett, Abby, Anderson, and Alaina Weyrauch; Cael, Sawyer, Averee, and Elena LeFever; and Lukas Kohler.
Roger loved nothing better than family gatherings and always wanted everyone seated around one big table – no separate table for the kids.  He was full of “grandpa-isms” including reminding his grandchildren that we would be “engaging in polite conversation” following meals.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, parents, Jay and Anne Kohler, a sister, Maxine (Thomas) Stinchcomb, and an infant grandson, Mark Weyrauch.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Church of Christ, 301 North Main Street, Orrville, OH 44667,
Services will be held at the convenience of family with Reverend Dr. Michael Bone officiating.
Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at

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