Alan Cohrs

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Alan Cohrs

Alan Donald Cohrs age 98 of Westbrook, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church, with the family present.  Burial is in the Westbrook Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 Alan Donald Cohrs was born March 30, 1920 in Dovray, Minnesota to Albert C. and Christine (Schneider) Cohrs.  They moved to Westbrook in 1927.  Alan attended Westbrook Grade and High School.  He helped his dad in his grocery business and farming before enlisting in the Army Air Corps on October 22, 1941.  Alan was just finishing basic training when WWII started.  He completed his training and was stationed in England, North Africa, and Italy as an aircraft mechanic and crew chief on a P-38 fighter.  In North Africa on January 5, 1943, he was wounded in combat and later returned to duty.  He was discharged as Staff Sergeant on June 22, 1945.  Returning to Westbrook, Alan worked for his dad in his John Deere Implement business, and in 1950 started farming.  He married Norma Bunce on June 22, 1947 in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  Alan was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, 1st Commander of the VFW, a Commander of the American Legion, and Trustee of Trinity Lutheran Church.  He loved to play golf, helped build the local golf course, loved to fish and had a lifelong passion for woodworking.  Most of his lumber came from black walnut trees on his farm.  He made many memorial flag boxes for friends and for the VFW.  He will be buried in a casket that he made for himself.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Norma (Bunce) Cohrs; son James (Ann) Cohrs of Dakota Dunes, SD; grandchildren: Jason (Allison) Cohrs of Sioux City, IA, Amber (Mike) Hofmeyer of Chino Hills, CA; daughter-in-law Maria Cohrs of Geneva, NY; grandchildren: Jerome Cohrs, Tim (Tiffany) Cohrs, Michael Cohrs, all of Geneva, NY, and Tania Cohrs of Rochester, NY; and 10 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his son Jerome Cohrs; parents Albert and Christine Cohrs; and sister Muriel (Reikow) Jacobson.

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  1. Larry & CeCe Stark says:

    Sympathy to the Cohrs family on Alan’s passing. He lived a long and full life. May memories of him help ease the pain of his loss. God bless you all!!

  2. Bill and Lois Timmermann says:

    We extend our sincere sympathy to Jim and Ann and family. May happy memories comfort you.

  3. Eunice Christensen says:

    Sincere sympathy to Norma and family, Alan contributed much good to our world, both in military and civilian life, May you cherish your many memories of happy times with Alan.

  4. Pamela Schmitt Bastien says:

    My sincere thoughts and prayers with the family, especially my classmate, Jim and Anne. Your father was a hero and fine man.

  5. Patrice Giese Knutson says:

    Alan was a great man, he and Grampa Tex were quite the pair. May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort. Rest In Peace Alan.

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