Arvin Kahl

Date of Death: Nov 29, 2018
Arvin Kahl

1935 - 2018

Arvin James “A.J.” Kahl, 83, of Waupun, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Markesan Resident Home.

A.J. was born July 20, 1935 to William and Amanda (Kohn) Kahl in Marquette Township, Green Lake County. A.J. graduated as valedictorian from Princeton High School in 1953 where he was involved in all sports. On June 8, 1957 he married Donna Welk. A.J. was a correctional officer at “The Walls” for 30 years. He served as president and other offices for Local 18. His second vocation was the one he liked best. For 40 years he loved the smiling faces of the children as he drove school bus for Bill, Lee, and Jim of Edmunds Bus Service. He enjoyed umpiring women’s softball in Waupun, watching Waupun High School sports, the Brewers, and the Packers. He belonged to various bowling teams and loved to play cards with friends. A.J. was a member of Union-Congregational Church where he served as trustee. He sang in the church choir and considered the other choir members family. When he was declared legally blind he continued to sing or at least hum along.

A.J. is survived by his wife, Donna; a son, Michael Kahl of Oshkosh; a daughter, Amy (Will) Manier of Randolph; a daughter, Kathleen (Howie) Gloff of Kenosha; a granddaughter, Adrienne (Peter) Kangas of Evansville; a granddaughter, Celeste (John) Deno of Menasha; a grandson, Greg (Dawn) Manier of Randolph; two great-grandsons, John Jacob Deno and Lucas William Manier; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffrey Kahl; a sister, Joyce Ehrenberg and her husband, Thad; a brother, Arnold Kahl and his wife, Joanne; and a sister, Shelby Jean Giese.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Memorial services for A.J. Kahl will be held Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. Robert Sherwood officiating.


Burial of cremains will take place at a later date at Weiser Cemetery.

Special Thanks

A very special thank you to the Markesan Resident Home for the wonderful care A.J. received and the help they gave Donna so she could visit. Thank you to all the wonderful people from Agnesian Hospice Hope for their care and compassion.

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  1. JoAnn Lakin Says: December 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Pastor Kathy & family,
    With Heartfelt Sympathy on the Loss of your Father. In time, the heart heals, leaving us with memories – not of our sorrow, but of the love we have known.
    Mike & JoAnn Lakin & Doris Propson.

  2. David Kok Says: December 4, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    My sympathies to Donna and the rest of the family. I always enjoyed chatting with A.J. and Donna when they came to buy produce during the summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  3. Dan and Diane Prey Says: December 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Our sincere condolences to your family on the loss of A.J. We will miss him and are thankful we had the opportunity to visit with him in Markesan prior to our departure to AZ. Dan worked with A.J. many years; he was a wonderful friend and mentor.

  4. Paul and Laura Reynolds Says: December 7, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    AJ was one of the first people to welcome us to Union Congregational and accepted us into the community without reservation — which we will always remember. We have missed his ready smile and will miss his gracious presence. Our love to Donna and all the Kahl family.

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