Donald ‘Sam’ Kohnert

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died February 16, 2020

Donald “Sam” Kohnert, age 64, of Gladstone passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the UP Health System in Marquette.

Sam was born October 21, 1955 in Escanaba, the son of Gordon and Madonna (Rivers) Kohnert. He was united in marriage to Julie Salminen on June 25, 1977 at All Saints Church in Gladstone. He worked with his son, Sam “Tuck” at Tuck’s Auto Repair in Rapid River and enjoyed working on classic cars. He also enjoyed working in his garage, going to car shows, side by side riding with his wife and going to camp.

Sam is survived by his wife, Julie of Gladstone, son, Sam “Tuck” Kohnert of Gladstone, grandchildren, Austin and Aiden Kohnert, brothers, Bob (Sue) and Tracy Kohnert of Wisconsin, Steve (Gloria) Kohnert of Gladstone and Billy Kohnert of Escanaba, sister, Vicky Kohnert of Gladstone and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Terry and Tom.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 21 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow at 5:00 PM with Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery.

3 Tributes for “Donald ‘Sam’ Kohnert

    Such a wonderful man gone way too soon. He will be forever missed by all. I’m so happy I got to meet you and spend the little bit of time I had with you. Love you Old Man Sam.

    So sorry to hear this news.
    I went to school with “Donnie” & grew up on the bluff with the Kohnert family as our neighbors.
    Donnie was on the quiet/shy side, but was very kind & quick with a smile!
    My sincere condolences to his entire family. May he rest in peace. ❤️

    Cheryl (Kalishek)

    My family met Sam and Don when we purchased the old A/W restaurant in Rapid River and they purchased their automotive shop next door. We instantly became friends and our camps are located near theirs. You guys are great and we are so sad about Don and for your families. We love you guys and pray for your healing. No words can make it better but hopefully time will heal the pain. We will miss your dad Sam. Your family and Tom are a blessing to the community of Rapid River and that’s why your shop is so busy. God bless,
    The Whale family.

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