OZARK…. John T. (Jack) Kehler, Jr. (1st Sgt., U.S. Army, Retired), a resident of Ozark, died early Friday morning, January 11, 2019 at his residence. He was 69.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 18, 2019 in the First United Methodist Church of Ozark with Reverend Gene Nelson and Reverend Bobbi Lasseter officiating. Graveside services with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Thursday.
Jack Kehler was born February 18, 1949 in Shenandoah Heights, PA to John T. and Elizabeth Blue Kehler, Sr. He grew up in Mt. Carmel, PA and entered the Army as an infantryman, retiring in 1998 after 23 years of service. During Jack’s military career, he served as a member of the U.S. Army Pistol Team, in the Multinational Force and Observers Sinai, in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Division (The Old Guard) in Washington, D.C., and on the Armed Forces Inauguration Committee for President George H.W. Bush.
After his retirement, he moved to Ozark to teach JROTC and coach the rifle team at Carroll High School for 11 years. He loved his new role of teaching and mentoring teenagers. In 2005, he was named National JROTC Instructor of the Year. After retiring a second time, he became involved in volunteering for the American Red Cross and deployed to several natural disaster areas such as New Jersey/New York after Hurricane Sandy. He was an avid sports enthusiast, having played basketball at Mansfield State College, PA, and was the ultimate fan watching his boys play soccer in high school and at the college level. Jack and his wife also discovered a passion for traveling, taking cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, and several each to Mexico and the Caribbean. In addition to setting sail, he also loved attending concerts of the classic rock bands from the 1970s.
He was a member of the Claybank Masonic Lodge #908 and the First United Methodist Church of Ozark. Mr. Kehler was preceded in death by his parents and a son, John T. Kehler, III.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Robin D. Kehler, Ozark; two daughters, Melissa May (Darrell) and Amy Diem (Chris), all of Lititz, PA; two sons, Jesse Kehler (Victoria), Montgomery, AL and Jacob Kehler, Newnan, GA; two sisters, Sue Mannello (Charlie), Kulpmont, PA and Barbara Cimino (Joe), Middletown, PA; eight grandchildren, Nichole Werner (Matt), Jordan Trimble, Ashley Hauck, Dillan Chubb, Nickolas Chubb, Christopher Chubb, Dominick Diem, and Broc Diem; and five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Khloe, Madison, Lincoln, and Brielle.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lary's Speakeasy Inc, c/o Lewis Trammell # 1102, 1414 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 or via their website http://www.larysspeakeasy.org/donate.html. Donations are used to provide assistance to laryngectomy patients in need of help. Jack became a laryngectomee in 2015. Or to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html.
So sorry for your loss. Jack always had great smile. He always made everyone feel comfortable when I saw him at ROTC meetings (many years ago.)
Shelley AhoOzark, AL
Jack and his Mt. Carmel family were close friends of my family having tended the same church and Jack and I going through school together. Jack will be missed and I was hoping as I know he was of getting together at our 50th reunion in 2017. Jack, his Mom and Dad, Sue and Barb were some of the nicest people I have ever known. I know John and Betty will be greeting Jack with open arms and Linda and I send our sympathies and prayers to all his family and friends.
Ray Rothermel1156 Salido Ave, The Villages, Fl 32159, FL
Robin, my sincerest sympathy to you and the entire family on the loss of a very special man...
Patricia WilliamsLititz, PA
Robin, Jess, Jake and Family, words could never express our sincere and deepest sympathy to each of you for the loss of your husband Jack, best friend and Dad! Words never seem adequate but know you are in our prayers for God to comfort you and bring you peace. Jack put up a strong fight and you will have so many cherished memories and his spirit will be with you each and every day! The video tribute made me cry and it is absolutely beautiful and shows so much love, especially for God, Country and Family! Know that so many people are here for you, please reach out when ever you need to! God bless! Love you all! Rest in Peace Dear Jack!
John and Kathy MeyersHuntsville, AL
Dear Robin and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my heart and prayers. May God comfort you and give you peace. May the many memories you share ease your sorrow until you are able to smile again. Rev. 21: 4
Faye BrooksOzark, AL
Robin, We are so sorry for your loss but know that our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers
Ethel & Eddie PineiroEnterprise, AL
I was honored to call Jack my friend. He was a very humble person and although he probably didn't know it I think he made me a better person.
Ronald HarrisOzark, AL
Robin, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I believe with all my heart he is pain free and enjoying his new home in Heaven. May you find comfort knowing one day you will be together again. Love, Kathleen and Henry
Kathleen LincolnEnterprise, AL
We still can't believe he is gone. Please know our prayers and love are with you. The love you two shared goes far beyond the physical realm and is truly inspiring for how true love is suppose to be.
Mark & Jene MoorhouseEnterprise, AL
Missy, we're so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our hearts and prayers are with you and the family.
Love Lisa and Ruben
Lisa WalkerEphrata, PA
So sorry to hear about Jack. You all are in our prayers.
Gennifer AlexanderNewville, AL
Dad, I love you more than words can say. I am going to miss you.
Melissa mayLititz, PA
I would like to express my condolences in the loss of your dear loved one. The bible gives us hope of seeing them again in the promised resurrection to come according to scriptures such as [John 5:28-29] and [Acts 24:15]. We find further hope in scriptures like [Isaiah 25:8] and [Revelations 21:3-5] which says in part that Jehovah God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, because God will swallow up death forever. I hope these scriptures will be of some comfort.
With Deep Sympathy.
Alma SumlerRaleigh, NC