William (Bill) Kohlman (a.k.a. Albert William Kohlman) passed away Oct. 6 at Divine Rehab and Nursing in Lodi, WI. He was born April 18, 1931 in Prairie du Sac, WI to Albert and Bertha (Toms) Kohlman.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife Beverly, and sister and brother-in-law Muriel (Ivan) Luck. Surviving are his first wife Bernice Anderson Kohlman, children James (Yoko) and Jacqueline. He also is survived by four grandchildren: Kay, Ken, Kai, and Karen and a great grandchild, Linterol, as well as his niece and nephew Mary (Gene Summers) Miron and Tom (Lisa Larson) Miron.
Bill's educational accomplishments include an MS in Adult Vocational Education from the UW-Madison, BS in Business Administration and Economics from North Central College in Naperville, IL and High School Diploma from Prairie du Sac High School. Bill lived most of his life in Wisconsin where he owned Kohlman's Self Service grocery store in Prairie du Sac, was instructor and chair of the Marketing Department at North Central Technical College in Wausau, was Training Manager for Copps Corporation in Stevens Point, and owned Kohlman's IGA in Wausau. He later moved to Daytona, Florida where he obtained his realtor's license and operated Bill's Tasty Smoked Meats and Cheeses at the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market. He moved back to Prairie du Sac in 2016 and enjoyed living at Pine Glen senior apartments just one block from the house where he grew up.
Throughout his life Bill was involved in a number of church, civic and community activities.
No services are planned at this time. Inurnment will take place at the Garden of the Resurrection, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ormond Beach, Florida at a later date. Memorials in Bill's name may be directed to a local organization that supports the homeless or your local animal shelter.
We lived in the neighborhood of Kohlman's grocery store for eight years. Bill and Bernice were the nicest people. We always found what we needed and the service was exceptional. Bill was very helpful when we started our business and without his help life would have been very difficult at the time. It broke our hearts when we moved away and did not see them or were able to shop at the store as often any more. Lots of memories of great conversations over those eight years. Rest in peace Bill. Our condolences to Bill's family.
Rest in Peace Mr. Kohlman. I have very good memories of him, I was his student at North Central Technical College, 1995-1997. He was an excellent Teacher. My condolences to his family.
Best Marketing Instructor we ever had at NCTI. Also the nicest. From Steve Weiss - student class of 1973
Bill was a great guy and a wonderful friend, we will sincerely miss him. He was always upbeat and sharp as a tack. His work is done, may he rest in peace.
Always smiling and quick to help. The best grocer in town . Bill you led quite a rich life and shared that with others.
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