William “Bill” Kohn

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A memorial service for William “Bill” Kohn, 69, of Glenham were held Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Kesling Funeral Chapel in Mobridge. Burial was in the Glenham Cemetery. Bill passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Mobridge Regional Hospital. Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements. William “Bill” Nelson Kohn was born in Deadwood on June 23, 1944 to Robert and Kathleen (Nelson) Kohn. During his grade school years he went to school in Blunt, Iroquois and Timber Lake. His sophomore year of high school his family moved to St. Louis, MO, where he attended Kirkwood High School and graduated in 1962. Moving to Missouri began his lifelong passion for the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team. After high school he attended St. Louis University for one and a half years before transferring to Black Hills State College in Spearfish. He excelled in both basketball and football during his college years. Bill was a two-time all-SDIC performer in basketball and was an all-district pick both years. He also was an honorable mention All American in basketball. In football, he was SDIC honorable mention for two seasons and first team all-conference in 1966. He graduated with a composite major of Business Administration and Business Education in 1967. He later returned to Black Hills State and earned his master’s in Business Administration. While attending college, Bill met Dee Moore of Gillette, WY. They were married on August 24, 1965 and had three children. In August of 1967, they moved to Lemmon where Bill taught business classes and P.E. and coached football, basketball and track. He later became the principal at Lemmon High School. He also played on the Lemmon independent basketball team from 1967-1976. Beginning in 1974 he owned and operated Kohn’s Sport Shop for 29 years. Bill officiated high school basketball games from 1967-1992 as well as Class B, A and AA district and regional boys tournaments. He also officiated men’s college basketball and high school football. After nearly 28 years as a basketball official he retired from refereeing. For 23 years he served as a starter for track meets, including many regional and two State Class B meets. Bill received several distinguished awards including: the Hall of Fame at Black Hills State University for his college sports achievements, the South Dakota Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame, the Distinguished Service Award by the Board of Control of the South Dakota High School Activities Association, and the SD Basketball Coaches Association Hall-of-Shrine. During Bill’s years in Lemmon he was active in the Lemmon Country Club, Jaycees, City Council, Economic Development and was Mayor of Lemmon. On November 3, 2007, Bill married Yvonne Bradford of Glenham. He worked as a substitute teacher and then was employed by the Mobridge Tribune until his death. The final ball game ended for Bill on Thursday evening, March 20, 2014. He passed away peacefully at the Mobridge Hospital after an aggressive recurrence of cancer. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; his children, Tina (Vance) Trogstad and Ryan (Jeanna) Kohn of Lemmon and Toni (Tracy) Hoffman of Bismarck, ND; his grandchildren— Chloe and Talon Trogstad, Tayte, Allie and Jordyn Kohn, and Lyric, Jet and Scout Hoffman; his step-sons, Billy Joe (Tracie) Bradford of Onida and Clayton (Roxana) Bradford of Selby; his step-grandchildren— Bailey, Brooklynn and Tailynn Bradford and Tomi Jo, Dylan, Nathan and Cooper Bradford. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Kathleen Kohn, his 9-year-old brother, Bobby, his fatherin-law, Sonny Moore, and all of his grandparents. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to New Hope Cancer Foundation, PO Box 422, Mobridge, SD 57601.
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