Fred E. Kohl

Fred Kohl Photo 001Fred Ernest Kohl of Moscow went to be with his Lord on Saturday morning, December 19, 2015 at his home. He was 92.

Fred was born on a ranch near Carmen, Idaho on November 8, 1923, the sixth of seven children of Fred and Precious M. (Neal) Kohl. He attended the one-room Lower Carmen grade school through the eighth grade and graduated from Salmon High School in 1941. He worked at North American Aviation’s B-25 bomber plant in Inglewood, CA in1941-1942 before returning to the ranch.

Fred enrolled at the University of Idaho’s southern branch (now Idaho State University). While a student, he enlisted in the Aviation Cadets, and was called to active duty in 1943. He received his pilot’s wings at Luke Field, Arizona in March 1944. During a break in his training, he and Mertia Nelson met, having been introduced by their sisters.

During WWII, Fred became a pilot of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighter and served in the Philippines, Japan and elsewhere. He finished his military service in 1946.

He attended the University of Idaho, 1946-1950 graduating with a B.S. in Agriculture. He married Mertia Ann Nelson on October 23, 1948 in Walla Walla, WA while both were students at UI.

Upon graduation, Fred began his career with the University of Idaho Cooperative Extension Service in Caldwell, Shoshone, Idaho Falls and Boise. Taking a leave for graduate work in 1964, the family moved to Wisconsin. In 1968 he earned a PhD in agricultural administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1971 they returned to Moscow where he served as the assistant director of the Cooperative Extension Service in Moscow, retiring in 1983.

Fred and Mertia raised three children, Freddie Anne, Alice and David. One of Fred’s major interests was studying the Greek New Testament. He and his son David (also a Greek enthusiast) met weekly in this endeavor for many years. Fred also prepared a brief column for Christ Church’s bimonthly publication entitled “Fred’s Word Study”.

Fred was a member and elder of Christ Church. He had belonged to Toastmasters, Kiwanis and the Gideons. Fred loved to garden and do woodworking. He enjoyed studying and teaching the Bible and was devoted to his wife, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of the University of Idaho Retirees Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Friendly Neighbors.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mertia, at their home, a daughter, Alice (Dave) Dlouhy of Austin, TX and a son David (Janice) Kohl of Moscow. He leaves seven grandchildren, Jason and Alex Fuehrer, Devon Frank, Jade Miller, Mary Dohrmann, Brian Kohl and Kallie Kohl as well as 14 great grandchildren. He also leaves a brother, Meade Kohl in Boise. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Freddie Anne Fuehrer and brothers, Frank and Neil and sisters, Doris Young, Alice Neal and Loah Mulkey.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow. Burial will follow at the Moscow Cemetery.

Viewing will be from Noon until 6:00 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 29th at Short’s Funeral Chapel.

The family suggests memorials be made to Gideons International, Palouse Hills Camp, PO Box 8553, Moscow, ID 83843 or to Logos School, 110 Baker Street, Moscow, ID 83843.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

4 Responses to Fred E. Kohl

  1. Norm Fitzsimmons says:

    To the Fred Kohl family:
    We extend our sympathy to your family. Fred was a thoughtful co-worker and supervisor of Extension. He was a positive contributor to our Extension programs. Our careers ran fairly parallel except he went into administration and I remained working at the county level.
    His brother Meade was an usher at our wedding in 1952.
    Barb and Norm Fitzsimmons

  2. AJ says:

    I am sorry that you are grieving the passing of Fred. Please accept my sincere sympathy. I hope you will find some comfort in Jesus Christ’s promise of the resurrection, when those who are sleeping in death, will be raised up, and restored back to life. (John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15) May the words from these scriptures help ease your pain.

  3. Jack & Barb Suesz says:

    So sorry for your loss. Fred was an inspiration to many and we considered him a mentor and a dear Christian friend. Barb worked with Fred in extension in Moscow when she was first married. Her children grew up knowing him as “silly old Fred”. We all loved and admired him and know he will be missed by many.

  4. Julie Suesz Cosby says:

    I will treasure forever the nights of Friday night Fellowship, many years ago, and “Silly ol’Fred” who always stole my nose. Just one small gift of many that he left in his wake.

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