Manfred Arthur Kohler, 73, passed away surrounded by his loving family on May 28, 2019 in Manteca, California. Manfred was born on September 13, 1945 in Vinningen, Germany. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Millie as well as two daughters Kristine (Brian) Merritt of Manteca and Kathleen (Greg) Absher of Indiana. Manfred leaves behind his seven grandchildren: Bonnie (George) Merritt-Derieg of Alameda, CA, Joshua (Katie) Walsh-Merritt of Sacramento, Sarah (Brian) Merritt-Groman of Castro Valley, Julie, Nicole and Justin Kimmerle of Manteca, Amanda (Ben) Gutfranski of Indiana and Ashley Benson of Indiana and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Gary (Vicki) Kohler of San Leandro and Walter (Renee) Kohler of Nevada.
Manfred was a true patriot. He loved his birth country, Germany, and his home country, having served in the Navy and Coast Guard for 32 years. He was extremely proud of his service to the United of States of America. He was stationed in Alameda and did a few brief tours of duty. He was also an Alameda County Reserve Sheriff for over 20 years. He worked as a mechanic in the service and after leaving the military continued that work as a master mechanic in the trucking industry. He had a wonderful sense of humor and often found himself laughing at his own jokes. He was a true outdoorsman and loved to camp, hunt, fish, and do archery. In his younger years, Millie and he were in three different bowling leagues at one time. His family was very dear to him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 3pm to 8pm at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Road, Manteca, CA. A Graveside burial with honors will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabbe Road, Santa Nella, CA on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 1pm. A reception will follow burial at the home of Manfred Kohler. A guestbook for online condolences is available at www.plfryandson.com.