Bill Kohn was decorated athlete, coach and official
Memorial services for William “Bill” Kohn, 69, of Glenham, were held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kesling Funeral Chapel in Mobridge.
Burial was in Glenham Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Bill passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Memorials can be sent to New Hope Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 422, Mobridge, SD, 57601.
William “Bill” Kohn was born in Deadwood on June 23, 1944, to Robert and Kathleen (Nelson) Kohn. During his grade years he went to school in Blunt, Iroquois and Timber Lake. His sophomore year of high school his family moved to St. Louis, Mo., where he attended Kirkwood High School. He was an outstanding golfer, football and basketball player and graduated in 1962.
Moving to Missouri began his lifelong passion with the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team.
After high school, Bill attended St. Louis University for one and a half years before transferring to Black Hills State College in Spearfish. He excelled in both basketball and football during his college years. Bill was a two-time all-SDIC performer in basketball and was an all-district pick both years. He was also an honorable mention All-American in basketball. In football, he was SDIC honorable mention for two seasons and first team all-conference in 1966. He graduated with a composite major of business administration and business education in 1967. He later returned to Black Hills State and earned his master’s in business administration.
While attending college, Bill met Dee Moore of Gillette, Wyo. They were married on Aug. 24, 1965. To this union Tina, Ryan and Toni were born. In August of 1967 they moved to Lemmon where Bill began his teaching and coaching career. Bill taught business classes and P.E. and coached football, basketball and track for several years. Bill later became principal at Lemmon High School.
He also played on the Lemmon Independent basketball team from 1967 to 1976.
In 1974, he changed careers, where he owned and operated Kohn’s Sport Shop for 29 years.
Bill officiated high school basketball games from 1967 to 1992, including Class B, A and AA district and regional boys’ tournaments. During his 15 years of officiating boys’ State A and AA tournaments, Bill refereed seven tournament championship games. In addition to high school basketball, Bill also officiated men’s college basketball and high school football. After nearly 28 years as a basketball official, he retired from refereeing. For 23 years he served at a starter for track meets, including many regional and two Class B State meets. Bill also coached his kids’ traveling basketball teams during the summer months.
Over the years Bill received several distinguished awards including: the Hall of Fame at Black Hills State University for his college sports achievements; South Dakota Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame; distinguished serviced award by the Board of Control of the South Dakota High School Activities Association; and the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Shrine in the officials category.
During Bill’s years in Lemmon, he was active in many organizations including Lemmon County Club, Jaycees, City Council, Economic Development and Mayor of Lemmon.
Over the years, Bill treasured many fond memories of the St. Louis Cardinals. His greatest memory was attending the World Series at Bush Stadium with one of his best friends from high school, who was also a part owner of the Cardinals.
On Nov. 3, 2007, Bill married Yvonne Bradford in Glenham, where they continued to live. He worked as a substitute teacher in the area for a few years and then was employed by the Mobridge Tribune until his death.
The final ballgame ended for Bill on Thursday, March 20, 2014. He passed away peacefully at Mobridge Regional Hospital after an aggressive reccurrence of cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne of Glenham; his children, Tina (Vance) Trogstad and Ryan (Jeanna) Kohn, all of Lemmon, and Toni (Tracy) Hoffman of Bismarck, N.D.; his grandchildren, Chloe and Talon Trogstad, Tayte, Allie and Jordyn Kohn, and Lyric, Jet and Scout Hoffman; his stepsons, Billy Joe (Tracie) Bradford of Onida and Clayton (Roxana) Bradford of Selby; his step-grandchildren, Bailey, Brooklynn and Tailynn Bradford and Tomi Jo, Dylan, Nathan and Cooper Bradford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Kathleen Kohn, his nine-year-old brother Bobby, his father-in-law, Sonny Moore, and all of his grandparents.