AMerican Veteran 13

John Arthur Kohrs

October 26, 1928 ~ June 28, 2019 (age 90)


John Arthur Kohrs, 90, of Burlington, passed away at 4:35 AM Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Burlington Care Center in Burlington, Iowa.

Born October 26, 1928, he was the son of Arthur Carl Kohrs and Josephine Ellen Finch Kohrs.  

John was a Burlington High School graduate.  He was active in many sports, chief among them tennis. He was a highly talented musician, focusing on the clarinet and piano.  After high school, he graduated from the University of Iowa, and continued on for a higher degree.

He halted his academic career to serve his country in the Korean Conflict. He was in the infantry, later transferred to a M*A*S*H unit to serve the wounded.

After an Honorable Discharge at the end of the Conflict, John taught English and Rhetoric at the University of Iowa before transferring to the Medical Records Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from which he retired.

John was an avid scholar of the military. He studied Jane's military intelligence books and periodicals. He had a special fascination for military aircraft; his favorites were WWII combat planes.  

John enjoyed yard work, music, books; watching football and baseball, rooting for his beloved Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals.

Survivors include one sister, Joanne Guest of Burlington, and one niece, Lynn Guest of San Francisco, CA.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

The Graveside Committal Service for John will be 1:00 PM Monday, July 8, 2019, at Aspen Grove Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service may meet at the Sunnyside entrance.

A memorial has been established for the American Red Cross.

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Graveside Service
July 8, 2019

1:00 PM
Aspen Grove Cemetery
2043 Sunnyside
Burlington, IA 52601

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