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 Jay Wesley Kohr

Jay Wesley Kohr

Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 May 2002 (aged 76)
Camp Hill, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 28 Site 698
Memorial ID 17191211 · View Source
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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.

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.

Obituary in The Patriot News - May 28, 2002


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.

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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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jay Wesley Kohr (20 Jan 1926–25 May 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17191211, citing Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Brenda & Pete (contributor 47232469) .