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Germantown in Clinton County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Steve Kohnen

"Me Today You Tomorrow"

 
 
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By Thomas Smith, November 6, 2021
1. Steve Kohnen Marker
Inscription.  
Those words in German in the are at the top of this gate were spoken by Steve Kohnen when he talked about the inevitable last ride we all take. This entry gate is dedicated to Steve's memory.

Steve started his life long service to country in the U.S. Army, arriving in Glasgow, Scotland on his 21st birthday in preparation for his participation in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy.

Steve never forgot his hometown and was active in promoting and improving Germantown for most of his adult life. As alderman he was a moving force in the installation of a modern sewer system to serve the citizens. As a member of Community Development he worked to build the medical clinic in town and the retirement home. Throughout his life Steve gave time and resources for improvements including donating the outside lights at the cemetery, street entrance lights to the church and many improvements to Germantown's parks.

His family will always remember him as simply the greatest Husband, Dad, and Grandpa.
 
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By Thomas Smith, November 6, 2021
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Location. 38° 33.031′ N, 89° 32.323′ W. Marker is in Germantown, Illinois, in Clinton County. Marker is on Munster Street close to Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Munster St, Germantown IL 62245, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of those who have served (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Armed Service Men and Women Leave No Fallen Comrade Behind (about 700 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Honor (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Albert "Red" Schoendienst (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cholera Cross (approx. 2.8 miles away); Breese (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Germantown.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Translation of Heute Morgan werden Sie mich.
The text on the gate seems to translate more literally into This morning, they will be me.
   
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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