James  Kohout

Obituary of James Kohout

James Frank Kohout, 94, of Olivia, MN, passed away surrounded by his loving children on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Renville Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, July 1, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia with Rev. Jeff Horejsi and Rev. George Schmit as celebrants. Burial with military honors in the church cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia.  Visitation continues Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Renville Health Services, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, or the Olivia American Legion and V.F.W.


James Frank Kohout was born July 6, 1924, on the family farm in Henryville Township in Renville County to Michael and Anna (Svoboda) Kohout. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school in Henryville Township, and high school at Olivia High School.  He served his country in the United States Army from February of 1943 until his discharge in August of 1944.  Jim was united in marriage to Josephine Hinek on July 4, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bechyn.  They raised their family and farmed near Bechyn. Jim also worked as a seed salesman for Pfister Seeds for many years.  He retired from farming in 1973, and they then moved into Olivia. Jim worked for the Olivia Elevator for many years, retiring in 1987.  He also mowed ditches for Renville County and lawns for several families in the area.  He was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bechyn where he was a lector, and a current member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church where he ushered.  He was a life member of the Olivia American Legion and V.F.W, and the Disabled American Veterans. He loved to watch the Minnesota Twins and was able to attend several games, including spring training in Florida.  He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, dancing, playing concertina, old time music, and a good game of cards and puzzles.  He will be remembered for his patience and humbleness, his kind disposition, his loving smile, and his wonderful hugs.


Jim is survived by his five children: Marcia (Fran) Lavicky of The Villages, FL, Arleen (Jim) Swanson of Mapleton, MN, Linda (George) Stadther, Terry (Kathy) Kohout, and Mary Jo (John) Halliday all of Olivia; his grandchildren: Jennifer, Jason, Paul, Chris, Krista, Katie, Beth, Brian, Malissa, Mallory and Heather, and 14 great grandchildren many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Josie and his nine siblings.



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