Betty Lou Kohl, 86, of York, NE, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011 at York. She was born September 18, 1924 in Marysville, KS to Henry J. and Katherine A. (Sime) Busboom. Growing up in Hastings, NE she graduated from Hastings High School in 1942. On November 4, 1942, she married Charles Guy Kohl. They lived in Hastings, and then Lincoln before moving to Ogallala in 1970 and establishing Kohl Motors, a Chevrolet/Buick dealership.
Betty Lou is survived by her husband Guy and their five children: John P. of York, Jim (Kathy) of Ogallala, Ray (Dr. Madeline Mathis) of Lincoln, Beth (Kim) Shepherd of York, and Jan (Pat) of Port Charlotte, FL.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Ben (Carol) Kohl of York, Kendra (Paul) White and son Magnus of Houston, TX, Jeff (Jo) Kohl and children John and Jena of Edinburgh, Scotland, Jennifer Austin and daughters Maggie and Abby of Lincoln, Nora (Dr. James) Ohrt and children Odessa, Dawson, Weston, and Shepleigh of Henderson, Rachel Shepherd of Lincoln, Daniel Shepherd of Omaha, Tamara Ann Conlee and her children ILandria and Christopher Carmello, and Aimee Black and her daughter Aiyana. Betty Lou is also survived by her sister Mildred Kohl of Hastings, brother-in-laws Jack Kohl of Rifle, CO, Ray Kohl of Cedar Rapids, IA, Neal (Connie) Kohl of Lexington, NE, and sisters-in-law Dee Busboom of Hastings, and Lois Kohl of Las Vegas, NV, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws Lamoine and Juanita Kohl of Hastings, sister Deloris Van Houten, brother Melvin Busboom, brothers-in-law Jean Kohl and Richard Kohl.
Betty Lou was a devoted wife, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had belonged to the Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star, and the Daughters of the Nile. She was a great cook, an avid reader and an accomplished seamstress. She was active in Ogallala’s “Fantasy Land” where she made costumes, baked thousands of cookies, and played the role of Mrs. Santa. She was also a master gardener, growing and preserving heritage vegetable seeds.
A family celebration of her life will be held at a later date. The family requests no flowers but donations can be sent to the York Food Pantry in her memory. Condolences can be sent to 900 St. Andrews Court, York, NE, 68467.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.