Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

701 North 94Th Street, Kansas City, KS


Verna Mae Kohler

May 23, 1932September 16, 2019

Verna Mae Kohler of Basehor, Kansas passed away on September 16, 2019. She was 87 years old. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 20th, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm with a Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 pm, both at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66112. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Verna was born on May 23rd 1932 to Samuel and Marcella McColl. She graduated from Coffeyville High School with the class of 1951. She then attended Pittsburg State and graduated with a Bachelors in Secondary Education and was a huge Pitt State fan throughout the years. She then married the love of her life, Richard Kohler in 1955.

With four children running around, Verna was always busy. She was active in the PTA at the children’s school, as well as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and her and Richard were very active in local politics and were both Wyandotte County Precinct Committee People. In her free time, she loved spending time with family, travelling, and watching old western movies. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents, brother and husband.

Verna is survived by her children Nancy Goss, Pam Phalen (Bill), Stan Kohler, Marci Crutchfield (Steve). Her grandchildren Melissa, Anna, Dan, Jim, Kellie, Katie, Malorie, Emilie and four great-grandchildren



  • Visitation Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 20, 2019


  • Interment


Verna Mae Kohler

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Casey Casebolt

September 18, 2019

I am filled with great memories of seeing Bud and Verna at all of our KC Gorilla Club functions a few years ago, but it was our annual Awards Banquet and the separate Picnic/Auction where most of them originated. One thing was for sure with the picnic/auction.
If Verna was to be in attendance then we were guaranteed a record-setting auction!! She loved to bid, she loved to win, and she might even help us "run up" the bid once in awhile!! I remember asking Bud one time what he was going to do with all that "stuff" that Verna won. "Dont know for sure Casey, but we will find a place for every bit of it-----she bids, she wins, she pays and then I load it and take it home and put it away". I shall never forget those words. God Bless A Great Lady--Verna And her Bud too!!!
Casey Casebolt
Shawnee, Ks.

Nancy Copeland

September 18, 2019

My husband Jack and I were both members of the Kansas City Gorilla Club, and we enjoyed getting to know both Verna and her husband Bud. They were both proud Gorillas and supported the Gorilla Club by attending meetings and football tailgates. When Verna learned that I had been a math major she told me that she often tutored the young women she worked with when they were taking college classes in math to help them succeed and I know that those women succeeded with her help. I always enjoyed visiting with Verna. I also met her daughter Nancy at a Girl Scout event back in the early 1970s. I'm sorry to hear her life has ended but I know she's happy to be back with Bud and the rest of her family in Heaven.

Casey Casebolt

September 18, 2019

Oh such great memories of Verna and Bud at our annual KC Gorilla Club picnic/auction. Verna was definitely our "signature" bidder on these occasions. There was nothing she did not want, and she usually got what she wanted those nights. I remember asking Bud, her wonderful and loving husband, at one of those auctions what in the world he was going to do with all that "stuff". He just smiled and said, "I don't know, but since she is bidding and winning and it is all for the good of Pittsburg State and her beloved Gorillas, I guess she must have some idea where it is going." I am still wondering, and most likely Bud did also. I have not talked with Verna since Bud's passing many years ago but a member of the club and myself were talking just last week, wondering about Verna. Now we know. God Bless Verna Kohler. And Bud also. They are together again, resting in peace in HIS arms. No more pain or suffering.

Frances Schoenberger

September 18, 2019

I cleaned house for Verna And her husband for about four years > I first went to work for them when they lived in highland crest.They moved to the other house I continued working for them .Very nice people they treated me very good.Prayers for the family.

Connie Crutchfield

September 17, 2019

I remember how Verna loved her grandchildren. I don’t think there was a single Disney movie she didn’t buy for them to watch when she baby sat for them. Our sympathy goes out to the family.

Connie and Lee Crutchfield