David Dunning Kohl

November 21, 1947November 18, 2021

David Dunning Kohl passed away peacefully at 10:10 pm on November 18, 2021 at the age of 73 with his wife and three children by his side.

David was born in Springfield, Ohio to John and Mary Kohl on November 21, 1947. After graduating Southfield High School in 1966, David attended Michigan State University for 2 years then joined the VISTA Peace Corps for 2 years after which he continued at MSU until graduating in 1972. He then attended the Detroit College of Law, from which he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in Law in 1975. David was a member of the Student Senate in law school and it was there where he met the love of his life, Chrysanthe. They married in 1977 and David embraced his new large Greek family and Greek Orthodox faith. David opened his own practice as a litigator and trial attorney and earned a reputation for being a fair and honest attorney. He pursued law to help people. He served on the Attorney Grievance Commission, was on the Representative Assembly, and was a mediator and a facilitator.

David was an awesome father, friend and mentor to his three children and he took an active role in turning their interests into lifelong passions. David observed and nurtured his children's curiosities by getting involved and showing encouragement. David told the most imaginative bedtime stories, built the most amazing forts, sandcastles, Legos and trains and turned bike rides into full-blown adventures. He was a coach, set builder, Scout Cub Master, camp counselor and Sunday School teacher. David loved drawing cartoons, videotaping family functions, making milkshakes, riding motorcycles, snapping polaroids, playing with babies and children, personalizing lyrics to songs, golfing, and taste-testing chocolate. David was an avid volunteer; he was a mentor to at-risk youth and for children who lost a parent.

David is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Chrysanthe A. Kotsis Kohl. Lovingly remembered by his children Becky Marie Kohl-Gomez (Paco), John David Kohl (Jennifer), and Rachael Elizabeth Kohl. Beloved brother to Jim Kohl (Judy), Karen Carney (Kevin), Barb Kingsland (Steve), Marcia Ouchakof (Boris), and Beverly Kohl. Grandfather/Papou to Ethan, Henry, Gabriel, William, Issac, Elizabeth, and Olivia. Beloved Godfather to Alexia Andoni, Renee Kotsis Clemons, and Paula Thomas King and a cherished Uncle to many.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, November 23rd at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 21800 Marter Road, St Clair Shores MI 48080. In-state will be held before the service from 9:30am to 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.


  • Assumption Greek Orthodox Church


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021


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Joan Shubert

November 23, 2021

Dear Kohl family,
Many memories flood my heart and mind. Our Melissa and Steven were close friends growing up so a lot of time was spent with my dear friend Chrys and Dave. I guess my favorite was being a camp councilor up at Greek camp . Playing capture the flag, the councilor hunts , Dave was a fun cohort in crime teasing the kids making memories that could never be forgotten. Praying for God to comfort and give you “His” peace as only He can. Listen to the song Scars in Heaven by Casting crowns . His hands hold you now Dave. Love Joan Shubert.

Ryan Adams

November 22, 2021

Mr Kohl was our neighbor growing up in our parents house, and I spent a great deal of time over at their house, as Rachel was my absolute best friend - especially within the neighborhood. I have vivid memories of Mr. Kohl and what an amazing dad and husband he was. He was the coolest dad out there, and it was obvious how his life revolved around his family. He was funny, he was charismatic, and he was an amazing, honest, dependable man.

When Rachel and I would play on their big wheel Jeep, Mr. kohl would come out to give us a charge on the battery, or he’d poke his head into the play castle we’d spend hours playing around in. Mr kohl, you will be missed by all. Everyone will remember your kindness, your dedication to your family, snd to the Dearbrook neighborhood. RIP friend.

Gary Shubert

November 22, 2021

I have fond memories of being scout leader with Dave and having fun with our sons doing pinewood derbies, sled races, camp outs, etc..
Dave was a kind and compassionate person and I was fortunate and blessed to know him and his wonderful family.

Katya Ouchakof

November 20, 2021

I always remember Uncle Dave with a smile on his face! And it wouldn't be too long before he made you smile too. He had a mischievous streak that made him a favorite with the nieces and nephews. He cared so much for his family, and wasn't afraid to show it. Becky, John, Rachael and Chrys - sending you love and hugs and warm memories.