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Ralph and Connie Kohler: Karl Kohler lived as he wanted to

Ralph and Connie Kohler
Taberg, N.Y.

Karl Kohler was our son and we loved him very much. Karl was portrayed as a transient and a squatter. We take offense that he is referred to in your newspaper as such and without respect for his name. Also as a sign of respect, his name is not “Kohler,” it is Mr. Kohler.

On Saturday, May 26, Karl’s brother Troy and his wife, Beth, traveled to Colorado with us for a memorial being held for Karl at the home of Steve and Robin Gessner. We wish to thank them for being Karl’s friend and for doing this lovely Celebration of Life at their home. There were approximately 30 people at this memorial, and we did not hear one word that was not in praise of the kind of man Karl was. It was said at this gathering that Karl was honest, trustworthy, kind and gentle. This is the same Karl we knew and loved from the time he was born until he left home to go out into the world on his own.

We are proud that he grew to be the man he was. He may not have lived in the conventional way most people do, but he lived as he wanted to. Just because he lived in a tent and kept to himself does not make him a bad person, and he certainly did not deserve to be killed for any reason.

If anyone has any information regarding the murder of our son, please contact the authorities so people in your area feel safe again and most of all, so we can have closure.

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