Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 10:40 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

R.M. Kevin Kohlbeck

Aug. 21, 1937- May 17, 2011


R.M. Kevin Kohlbeck

Longtime Homer resident R.M. Kevin Kohlbeck, 73, died unexpectedly May 17, 2011, in Anchorage, after complications following a medical procedure. Kevin was born Aug. 21, 1937, in Green Bay, Wis., to George and Irene Kohlbeck. He grew up and attended school in Milwaukee, Wis., where he graduated from St. Francis Minor Seminary.

In 1959, after a tour in the U.S. Air Force, he wound up in Nebraska, where he met and married the love of his life, Phyllis Buckner. They spent a couple of years in Nebraska before moving to Appleton, Wis., where Kevin started his career in the electric power industry and raised their four children, Daniel, Katherine, Robert and Carolann.

When the opportunity presented itself in 1978, Kevin moved his family to Homer, where he worked until retirement at Homer Electric Association.

In Homer, Kevin was involved within the community. He was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Homer Elks as the Exalted Ruler ('90-'91) and past Exalted Ruler and most recently as a member of the Sons of the American Legion as the Adjutant and financial officer.

Kevin loved his family and people in general. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Robert "Odie," and granddaughter Brittany.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Daniel and his wife Tracy of Bremerton, Wash.; daughters, Katherine Mitchell and her husband David; Carolann Wier and her husband John, both of Anchorage; brother, Brendan and his wife, Diana of Appleton, Wis.; sister, Mary Ann Dahms and her husband, Larry of Forestville, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Kevin was buried May 21, 2011, at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer, near his son and granddaughter. His memorial service at St. John's was presided by Archbishop Hurly of Anchorage Archdiocese and Fr. Joe Dowling. Military Honors and a celebration of his life were held at the General Buckner Post 16 American Legion.

His family wrote, "Kevin was loved by many; our family is truly blessed to have been loved and led by this man. We would like to formally thank the many wonderful members of the community of Homer who stepped in and provided us support, assistance and love during this difficult time in our lives. Thank you."