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Douglas "Doug" Kohlhase

December 27, 1969 — December 22, 2021

Overland Park, Kansas

Douglas “Doug” Wood Kohlhase, age 51, of Overland Park, died peacefully at home on December 22, 2021, after his brave and courageous 2 ½ year battle with rectal cancer. Doug fought relentlessly with his attitude of “smile and grind” and never complained or let others see his challenges. True to his generous and loving nature, Doug would often send gifts to friends, family, and co-workers to make sure they knew he cared for them. Every person has a story about his sense of humor or friendliness. Doug will be forever missed by many.

Doug was born December 27, 1969, in Kansas City, MO. He attended Oak Park Elementary, Shawnee Mission South and then graduated from his beloved Kansas State University, where he was a member of the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega. Doug enjoyed everything about Kansas City and would often give tours of the city to visitors.

One of Doug’s passions in his life was his work, and he took great pride in his work ethic. Doug often spoke of his many jobs growing up: sacking groceries, putting in sprinkler systems, waiting tables where he would make balloon animals for the kids (a round balloon with an animal face drawn on it) and working at the record store, which began his love affair with music. Doug enjoyed getting up at the crack of dawn to get in early to work, and he gave his all at every job he had creating many solid friendships along the way. Doug was ready to get back to work at ExamFx /Ascend Learning as the Director of Operations and Support. Doug’s legacy of a being a great co-worker will live on in stories of his over-the-top Secret Santa’s, the Donut Club and helping others reach their fullest potential.

Doug’s first “real” job out of college was at Ford Motor Credit Company, where he met the love of his life and best friend, Jennifer. Doug’s parents loved to tell the story of how they asked about his first day and Doug said “I met a girl...” A few years later, Doug and Jennifer were married in Dodge City, KS, on September 4, 1999. Doug was a loving husband, full of grand gestures, who made Jennifer laugh often throughout their marriage. They were a team.

Doug’s number one priority was his family. Doug welcomed his sons, Isaac John in 2004, and August “Gus” Luke in 2008. Doug said the best thing about being a parent is you get to play all the time. As the boys were growing up, Doug never left their sides. He aimed to be the best dad ever, even though it came naturally to him.  As a family, much of our time was spent together and there were a lot of sports, biking, swimming, washers, movies, music, and lake time. Doug was at every practice and game, coaching or cheering for the boys. He would put an extra ball, glove, or some sport related item in the car to ensure there was always a ball to kick or throw wherever they went. Doug played catch with Isaac so much he now looks like he hardly tries as an outfielder. Doug painted a basketball free throw lane on the driveway and now Gus can easily sink a 3-pointer. It is easy to see how all the little things Doug did as a father have shaped and prepared his sons well. Doug took great pleasure in being a father and uncle and making the most of any occasion with every kid he met.

Doug’s kind and generous legacy will live on through his family; Jennifer Kohlhase, wife of 22 years, and children Isaac Kohlhase (17) and Gus Kohlhase (13).

Doug is survived by his brother Mark (Becky) Kohlhase and nieces Clair and Jane Kohlhase; aunt Judy Kale; half siblings Kathy (Dennis) Royston and David Kohlhase.

Doug is also survived by his in-laws Tim and Lois Banta; sister in-laws Michaela Banta, Katie (Mike) Laird and nephews Adam and Sam Laird.

Doug’s parents, Bruce and Sally Kohlhase; aunt and uncle Sue and Larry Knobbe; aunt Joanne Alberding; grandmother Tutu; and his grandmother by marriage Kay “Granny” Kribs proceeded him in death.

A special thank you to the countless family, friends, nurses, and healing practioners who showed him love, hope, and most importantly support, in his difficult journey.

The funeral mass will be Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 10am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church 16000 W. 143rd Street Olathe, KS 66062. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:40 AM prior to the mass. MASKS ARE ENCOURAGED FOR SERVICES Everyone is invited to a luncheon and celebration of life immediately following the mass in the parish hall. The burial will be 3pm at Johnson County Funeral Chapel 11200 Metcalf Avenue Overland Park, KS 66210, where Doug will be laid to rest next to his parents.

For Doug, please pray the KSU Wildcats have a winning season and the Beastie Boys never go out of style. Any memorial contributions will go towards Isaac and Gus’ college education and can be given to family directly or the funeral home.

Let me sleep the sleep of eternal rest. Knowing Lord, your time is best.

Rest easy and goodbye for now, Doug.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Holy Rosary

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Starts at 9:40 am (Central time)

Prince of Peace Catholic Church

16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062

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Funeral Mass

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Prince of Peace Catholic Church

16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062

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Luncheon Following Funeral Mass

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Prince of Peace Catholic Church

16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

3:00 - 3:30 pm (Central time)

Johnson County Memorial Gardens

11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210

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