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Jay Wesley Kohr
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1926
Harrisburg
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 25, 2002
Camp Hill
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

Dad or "Bow Tie" as he was known by his CB friends, died at the age of 76 from cancer. He acquired the name Bowtie because he always wore one. No outfit was complete without it.
He worked as an electrician for the Reading Railroad (which became Conrail) for years. And always, under his dirty coveralls, he would wear a bow tie. He would even clip a bow tie to his T shirts when doing work around the house. He was quite a character.
He sang silly songs and recited nursery rhymes to his grandchildren always saying he was quoting Shakespeare. After retiring to Georgia he discovered the joy of elaborate Christmas decorating. And he did enjoy it. He decorated everything on his property, as well his clothing (see photo), with lights and became known as "The Lightman". He entertained a lot of people young and old with his antics. He was married to his wife Betty Minnich Kohr for over 50 years.
They had 6 children. 4 sons....Jay W. Kohr, Jr. Clarence J. Kohr,(who preceded him in death),and twin sons Peter R. Kohr and Paul T. Kohr. 2 daughters Jean R. Hollabaugh and Barbara A. Schaefer and 11 grandchildren. He is greatly missed.

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October 2014........
Just found out that he was the inspiration for a children's book. The author remembered him and his suit of lights and decided to write a book about him. The story he wrote is entirely fictional, but it is wonderful just the same.

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Obituary in The Patriot News - May 28, 2002

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Jay W. "Bowtie" Kohr, 76, of Camp Hill, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at his residence.

He was a retired Electrician for the former Reading Railroad, and a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Betty A. Minnich Kohr; three sons, Jay W. Kohr, Jr., of Lake Park, GA, Peter R. of Middletown, Paul T. of Lemoyne; two daughters, Jean R. Hollabaugh of Glen Rock, PA, and Barbara A. Schaefer of Camp Hill; three sisters, Lillian Miller of Adamsburg, PA, Grace Moore of OH, and Mary E. Dane of Locust Gap, PA; eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at 11: 30 a.m., in the Neumyer Funeral Home Inc., 1334 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg with the Rev. Michael Beynon officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Viewing will be from 10: 30-11: 30 a.m., Wednesday, in the funeral home.
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I thought of you today,
but that is nothing knew.
I thought about you yesterday,
and days before that too.

I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have are memories,
and a picture in a frame.

Your memory is a keepsake,
from which I'll never part.
God has you in his arms,
I have you in my heart.

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Family links: 
 Parents:
  Thomas E. Kohr (1874 - 1948)
  Sarah Catherine Smith Kohr (1888 - 1963)
 
 Spouse:
  Betty Almeda Minnich Kohr (1927 - 2006)
 
 Children:
  Jay Wesley Kohr (1948 - 2011)*
  Clarence James Kohr (1951 - 1951)*
 
 Siblings:
  Leroy Dalton Kohr (1894 - 1964)**
  David Alexander Kohr (1897 - 1941)**
  Raymond K. Kohr (1899 - 1974)**
  Elizabeth Kohr Jones (1902 - 1960)**
  James William Kohr (1904 - 1944)**
  Thomas E. Kohr (1906 - 1922)**
  Naomi Pearl Kohr Rodkey (1907 - 1994)**
  John H. Kohr (1909 - 1986)**
  Andrew Alvin Kohr (1914 - 1971)*
  Daniel H Kohr (1914 - 1984)*
  Joseph Sherman Kohr (1916 - 1992)*
  Samuel Hassler Kohr (1918 - 1985)*
  Lillian Reba Kohr Miller (1920 - 2007)*
  Mary Ellen Kohr Dane (1923 - 2005)*
  Jay Wesley Kohr (1926 - 2002)
  Katherine Bertha Kohr Miller (1927 - 1998)*
  Edward Richard Kohr (1930 - 2000)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
US NAVY
WORLD WAR II

BELOVED FATHER
 
Burial:
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 28 Site 698
 
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Originally Created by: GerbLady
Record added: Dec 28, 2006
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Jay Wesley Kohr
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