Harvey Kahle


Harvey Diedrich John Kahle, 95, Hermann, died, Friday, April 12, 2019, at Missouri Veterans Home in St. James.

He was born Feb. 21, 1924, a son of Benjamin W. and Clara (Schulte) Kahle, in Owensville.

He was united in marriage to Melba M. Rohlfing, June 17, 1950, at St. Paul’s U.C.C. Church in Gerald.

Harvey served his country in the Air Force during WWII from October 1942 to January 1946. He belonged to the Owensville Lodge No. 624 AF & AM and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Alton, Ill. Harvey went to St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and to Moler School of Cosmetology and Barbering in the state of California. As a young man, he worked as a mortician in Owensville and later in St. Louis as a mortician. He loved to dance and go to dances. He liked to fish and take care of his property. He kept in touch with his Air Force friends and went to their out-of-state reunions. He had been secretary of the Owensville High School Alumni Association. Harvey was an active member of Gasconade County Bible Society and had a prison ministry of delivering bibles to prisoners. He attended Hermann Christian Church and loved the Lord Jesus and was committed to serving him.

He was preceded in death by parents, Benjamin and Clara; wife, Melba; special friend, Marie Brinkmann; and brother, Marvin Kahle.

He is survived by sister, Pearl Brandenburger of Cuba; nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be (today) Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Owsley and Pastor Dave Thomas officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Bay. 

Memorials may be given to Gasconade County Bible Society or St. Paul’s Cemetery.


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