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Carl H. Kohrt

April 15, 1941 October 4, 2019
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Carl Kohrt, age 78 of Clarence, passed away on Friday October 4, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral services will be held on Thursday October 10 at 10:30 A.M at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stanwood with Reverend William Traphagan and Reverend Daniel Redhage officiating. Burial will follow at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Lowden. Visitation will be held on Wednesday October 9 from 5-7 P.M at Chapman Funeral Home in Clarence.

Carl Henry Kohrt was born on April 15th, 1941 the fourth child of Henry and Catharina (Nickelsen) Kohrt of Miles, Iowa. Carl was born at home. He was the youngest brother to Raymond, Elizabeth, and Lucille. Carl was baptized in Clinton, Iowa in 1949 and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bennett in 1964. Carl attended elementary and high school in Stanwood, graduating in 1958.

After high school Carl completed a course of mechanics training in 1959, in Kansas City, Missouri and returned to Iowa to work at the Ford Garage in Tipton. Carl then joined the United States Navy, serving from 1960 to1963. He was a sailor on the USS Saratoga. Participation in the armed forces allowed him to see parts of the world he would not have otherwise seen. He valued his time in the navy and spoke of his experiences often.

It was always Carl’s ambition to farm and about this he was single-minded. The first order of business to settle down farming was securing a wife. On July 11th, 1964 Carl married Marie Falkers of Tipton, Iowa. The union was blessed with four children, Debbie, Darrin, Darci, and Dawn. The couple began farming east of Wald and a few years later moved to their present location south of Clarence. Carl had a prodigious capacity for hard work and the farming operation, including milk cows, initially, but primarily a farrow to finish hog operation along with corn and soybeans, grew steadily and successfully. The farming operation reached its peak production at 550 breeding sows. Carl was named Iowa Master Pork Producer in 1990.

Carl and Marie were very active in the community. Carl served in various capacities in the Cedar County Pork Producers, State of Iowa Pork Producers, Cedar County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers Association, and the local branch of the American Legion. Carl was especially devoted to the Legion and enjoyed serving as chaplain, assisting with military honors at funerals, and helping with Memorial Day services. Carl served as a Cedar County commissioner and also on the Soil and Water Board. Carl supported his children in countless school and extra-curricular activities including 4-H while they were growing up. The Kohrt family enjoyed boating on the Coralville Reservoir. Carl captained their ‘Spirit of 76’ houseboat, enjoyed grilling most of the food, and generally raising havoc with the kids in the water. (Carl was known to do some ‘recreational’ arm wrestling in his early farming years and presented a serious challenge to all competitors.)

Carl was a long time and faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Stanwood, Iowa where he served in many capacities, including elder to the end of his life. Carl’s faith was important to him and he would rarely miss services in the Lord’s house.

Carl and Marie travelled extensively during their married life including attending the Passion Play in Oberammergau in 2000. Other trips included visits to Hawaii, the Caribbean, and an Alaskan cruise through the inside passage in addition to visiting Canada and most of the continental United States. Carl also went on a Farm Bureau tour of South America, especially the agricultural regions of Brazil.

In 1997 Carl was involved in a serious farming accident, falling off the top of a grain bin. He sustained life-threatening injuries including significant head trauma. Perseverance and determination (hallmarks of his personality) saw him recover and actively take up farming again. In 2012 Carl contracted the Guillain Barre Syndrome, a crippling disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the nerve endings. Carl lost all feeling in his feet and had to relearn how to walk. Again, his determination allowed him to make another amazing recovery. Subsequent to his recovery Carl had a successful heart valve replacement. Carl continued farming, albeit in reduced capacity. In late September Carl contracted Guillain Barre Syndrome for a second time (a statistical rarity). With reduced capacity for healing Carl died of complications on October 4, 2019, peacefully received into the arms of the Savior.

Carl is survived by his loving wife Marie, of Clarence, daughter Debbie Bohlen and husband Todd, and their children Vance, Brodie, Ashton, and Olivia of Belle Plaine Iowa; son Darrin Kohrt and wife Vanessa of Loxton, South Australia; daughter Darci Alley and husband Steve, and their daughters Abigail and Christina, of Houston, Texas; daughter Dawn and husband Bryan and their daughters Avery and Bailee, of Clarence; and two sisters, Elizabeth Bartles of Monticello, and Lucille Ingwersen of Clinton. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Catharina and his brother Raymond.
A devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, active citizen and faithful believer he will be greatly missed. (Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. - Matthew 25:34)

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Previous Events





5:00 PM 10/9/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/9/2019 7:00:00 PM
Chapman Funeral Home - Clarence

311 5th Avenue
Clarence, IA 52216

Chapman Funeral Home - Clarence
311 5th Avenue Clarence 52216 IA
United States





10:30 AM 10/10/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Stanwood, IA 52337

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Stanwood 52337 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Final Resting Place

Lowden, IA 52255

Lowden 52255 IA
United States

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