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Passing of Robert Earl Kohnke

November 9, 2019 by Scott Robert Earl Kohnke Kohnke (Register to contact)

Bob Kohnke of Springfield, VA, peacefully passed away on October 7, 2019. He was born on March 5, 1926, the son of John and Esther Kohnke. He was raised on several farms near Lidderdale, Iowa. Bob had an older brother, Laverne, and younger brother, John Jr. He went to Carroll High School where he was class president and played a number of sports. After graduation, Bob went into the Army and reached the rank of First Lieutenant and was stationed in Japan. On his return he attended Iowa State University where he met Donna Kohnke at the Lutheran Church. They were married shortly before his graduation. He joined the Soil Conservation Service, part of the Department of Agriculture. Bob's career took him from local SCS offices all the way to the Headquarters in Washington DC. Bob & Donna had three children, Kay, Scott, and David during these frequent moves. On retirement he continued in this field with the Northern VA Soil and Water Conservation District. He is preceded in death by his wife, Donna, of 38 years, his second wife Kitty Kohnke and his brothers Laverne and John Jr. Bob is survived by Kay, Scott, David, his daughter in-law, Betsy; 2 granddaughters, Katie and Elise and Kay's partner David Seidman, as well as stepson, John Schafe. The family will receive friends at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Friday, October 18 at 9:30 for a viewing and service at 11:00. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bob be given to Prince of Peace Lutheran church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield, VA 22152. His family would appreciate photos or anecdotes about our father.

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