Obituaries - March 22, 2012
West Linn resident Arthur Raymond Kohl died March 13, 2012. He was 94.
Mr. Kohl was born Sept. 24, 1917, to Lawrence W. and Florence (Dorr) Kohl in Allegany, N.Y., joining sister, Doris, and brothers, Ed and Billy.
He graduated from high school and then attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. He moved to California in January 1941, where he found employment with Douglas Aircraft in Burbank. He worked on the secret U.S.-British civilian 'Project 19' in North Africa.
He met and had a first date with Mary Jane Nader on Pearl Harbor Day. The couple corresponded throughout World War II and set their wedding date for Sept. 2, 1945, which became VJ Day. The couple had two children, David and Barbara.
Mr. Kohl started Kohl and Reizt Appliance Service with his cousin, Clint Reizt, in 1946, a business they ran for 38 years. Upon retirement, the Kohls moved to Oregon to be closer to grandchildren and quickly became heavily involved with the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. Mr. Kohl volunteered in the center's kitchen and served on the friendship board. He also assisted chaplains at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, contributing more than 5,000 hours from 1986 through 2006.
Survivors include wife, Mary Jane Kohl; son, David Grant Kohl of West Linn; and daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Lynn Kohl-Prew and Jim Prew, Vancouver.
A memorial service will be held March 24 at 11 a.m. at Community Health Education Center at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, 19300 S.W. 65th St., Tualatin.
Remembrances may be made to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
Gerald 'Gerry' Keith Ainsworth died March 10, 2012 . He was 89.
Mr. Ainsworth was born May 24, 1922, in Milacca, Minn., to Chester O. and Sylvia Hampton Ainsworth. He was raised primarily in Southern California and moved to the Northwest in the early 1940s.
Mr. Ainsworth married Ruth Afton Bishop on May 26, 1951, and the couple eventually settled in Lake Oswego where they raised their family.
Mr. Ainsworth earned undergraduate and master's degrees in education from the University of Idaho and taught elementary school in the Clackamas School District for 26 years. He was a gifted musician and writer and spoke Spanish fluently.
In his retirement, Mr. Ainsworth spent many hours leading Bible studies in Spanish and volunteering in ESL programs.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ainsworth of Lake Oswego; sons, Mel Ainsworth and Ryan Ainsworth; daughter, Stephanie Noelle; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Longtime Lake Oswego resident Donna Louise Mossler died March 9, 2012. She was 60.
Mrs. Mossler was born April 6, 1951, to John and Ramona (Sullivan) Mossler in Tokyo, Japan. Her father was employed by the U.S. State Department, which caused the family to travel extensively. Mrs. Mossler attended schools in Africa and Southeast Asia during her high school years.
She returned to the United States to attend college and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Oregon in 1972. Following graduation, she pursued a career as a marketing executive in the computer industry. She retired from Intel.
Survivors include her son, Zak Mossler Bretherton, a freshman at Southern Oregon University; sister and brother-in-law, Diane Mossler and Robert Archer, Jefferson, Ohio; and brother, John Mossler, Port Charlotte, Fla.
A celebration of Mrs. Mossler's life will be held April 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Oswego Lake Country Club.
Online condolences may be made at www.AnewTradition.com.