Edward Kahler

  • Born: February 1, 1926
  • Died: June 11, 2015
  • Location: Gregory, South Dakota

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home
101 Gerkin
Gregory, SD 57533

Tel. (605) 835-9111

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Edward R. Kahler was born February 1, 1926 to Jake and Mollie (Neuharth) Kahler on a farm south of Burke, SD. After grade school, he attended Burke High School.

On June 11, 1939 Ed was confirmed at the Carlock Lutheran Church. His sister and his future wife Louise were in his confirmation class.

In 1944 Ed joined the Army and was sent to the Philippine Islands. He was with the 31st Infantry Division in the mountains of Mindanoa as a First Scout. Ed received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation ribbon, and other ribbons. He also served on the islands of Leyte and Guam. Ed was honorably discharged on November 4, 1946 having attained the rank of Sergeant.

On June 29, 1947 Ed was married to Louise Lindwurm and in September of 1947 they moved to Winner. Ed and Louise had three children—Ronald, Roxine, and Cheryl. Ed managed the meat market at the Crossroads grocery store and became involved with a corporation to expand into grocery stores. The first store for the corporation was the Outlaw in Winner. The corporation had grown to eight grocery stores when in 1968 Ed decided to buy Coast to Coast Hardware in Gregory. So he sold his portion in the grocery stores. Louise and the children also worked with Ed at the hardware store. In 1979 he bought the Coast to Coast store in Wagner in which his son Ron and wife Linda managed and co-owned the store.

Ed served on the Gregory Hospital board for 21 years.

Ed and Louise retired on January 31, 1988. The children continued to run the Coast to Coast stores for a few years.

After retiring Ed went back to hobbies he had as a teenager—woodworking and fishing. He took a short course in stained glass and enjoyed that for many years. Ed designed, built, and installed the stained glass windows in the Grace Lutheran Church.

In February of 1988 Ed and Louise started going south to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for the winters. They both enjoyed living in the Valley. In the summer they enjoyed fishing and camping on the Missouri River.

Ed passed away June 11, 2015 at Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 89.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Victor Kahler, and brothers-in-law Bob Olson and John Littau.

Ed is survived by his wife Louise of Gregory, SD; three children Ron (Linda) Kahler of Wagner, SD, Roxie (Darrell) Shattuck of Gregory, SD, and Cheryl (Jim) Schmidt of Ft. Wayne, IN; grandchildren Eric (Darla) Kahler, Tiffany (David) Dailey, Tony Shattuck, Amanda (Jason) Mahan, and Gregg (Kari) Bartling; great-grandchildren Jacob Kahler, Allison Kahler, Preston Dailey, Conner Dailey, Will Mahan, Sam Mahan, MaKay Paszek, TayAnn Bartling, and Gaige Bartling; two sisters Laverna Olson and Leona Littau; and sister-in-law Norma Jean Kahler.

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Funeral services for Ed Kahler were held Monday, June 15, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Burke, SD with Pastor David Schmidt officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Randy Sachtjen, organist and the Grace Lutheran Choir singing "The Lord's Prayer." Congregational Hymns were "Amazing Grace," "Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus," and "Abide with Me."

Tiffany Dailey and Amanda Mahan were in charge of registration.

Ray and LaVonne Schweigert were in flower attendants.

Casket Bearers were Tony Shattuck, Eric Kahler, Gregg Bartling, Jacob Kahler, Jerry Ingram, and Merlin Littau.

Honorary Casket Bearers were the spouses of the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends.

Burial with Military Honors by the Burke VFW was in Graceland Cemetery, Burke, SD.