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George W. Kohan

Kohan – George W., 63, Geistown, went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2021. Born on January 30, 1958 in Dryden, ON., Canada, son of the late John and Luise (Fruehauf) Kohan. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his father-in-law, Walter Ream Jr.


He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susan (Ream) Kohan; children, Emilee J. (Michael) Croswell, Pittsburgh, Neil P. Kohan, Richland; brothers, Hans (Ruth), Penn Run, and Peter (Susan), Huntingdon; mother-in-law, Janet Ream, Geistown; brother-in-law, Walter (Iva) Ream, Windber; several nieces, nephews, many friends, and beloved Golden Retriever, Chase and his 3 rescue cats, Buddy, Piper and Choo-Choo.


George was a 1976 graduate of Richland High School, shortly after which, he began his long Railroad career with Conrail and retired from Norfolk Southern after 42 ½ years of service as a Conductor. He was a very active person and had many interests, including hunting, fishing, sports (especially hockey and golf), gardening, boating, and enjoyed planning short trips to historic places, especially covered bridges. George was a Sergeant with the 54th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactors. He enjoyed many adventures, reenactments and comradery with his troop. George also loved animals and did as much as he could volunteering, training Chase for agility at Ohkom Farms and rescuing animals. His favorite activities were talking about Gettysburg, fishing with his son and telling stories about life in Canada. He will be greatly missed by all. 


Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, with the Rev. Robert Hernan officiating. Interment will be at Richland Cemetery. The family suggests contributions be directed to either, the 54th PA, Company A, C/O Kristin Elias, 339 Devon Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904; Humane Society of Cambria County, 743 Galleria Dr Ext, Johnstown, PA 15904; or to the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209 in memory of George. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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Thanks so much...Sue

Sue Jul 20 2021 12:00 AM

Our sincerest condolences to the Kohan family. We knew George through re-enacting and partnered with him many times over the years. A good friend and a good man, he will be missed. We will make sure to build a good fire and have a cup of coffee in his memory.

142nd Pa. Vol. Inf. Co. G Jul 16 2021 12:00 AM

Such a beautiful tribute, Linda....thank you my friend.

Sue Jul 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks so much David...

Sue Jul 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks so much, Bill.....really good times

Sue Jul 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks so much....

Sue Jul 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear George, Words are not enough to express how much you mean't to me and my dogs. I could not ever imagine such a wonderful friendship could develop with you and Sue when you called to get your Duke, An Irish Setter rescue ,trained. He was a wild one. He taught me a lot about the breed for sure. Years later after he passed you brought me Chase , your Golden Retriever. That is when a real journey began. I could write a book. The gardens you helped me develop on Ohkom will always hold you dear in my heart. Ever year when the tulips bloom , that you planted , I will think of you. I knew when I had decided to fly to Wisconsin to pick up my Irish puppy that I could ask you to accompany me and with out hesitation you did. That was again another beginning of a wonderful Adventure of Whiskey Girl. Oh how she loved her Uncle George. It is so painful to know that you are gone. But I am so blessed to have had you in my life. I will miss you my friend . I know all the pups and kitty's that went before you have covered you in kisses and hugs. May the Shamrocks fall softly. My prayers and sympathy to Sue and your family.

Linda Scopa Jul 12 2021 12:00 AM

My name is David Wingard and I want to send my deepest sympathy to you and to the relatives. His daughter and I worked at EM's Sub Shop and and mentioned that he worked for Conrail being a railroad buff he and I would talk about that stuff and got me interested in the real life stuff. He was a very caring, kind gentleman that always remembered me at Christmas time with a card. He will be truly missed. He may be taken by body but he is looking down and seeing how much love he has by seeing his family friends. May GOD bless him forever.

David R. Wingard Jul 10 2021 12:00 AM

It's sad to hear about George's passing. We used to run around together and work on cars back in the day. Everytime I would see him at Walmart or somewhere else ,I would remind him of his 1969 Yenko Chevelle he once had and sold years ago. George will be missed, he was a real character.

Bill Telek Jul 9 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of George Kohan

Beth Young Jul 8 2021 12:00 AM