Arthur was born April 26, 1933 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Portland, Ore., to Arthur R. Kohanek Sr. and Clara C. Kohanek Sr. and Clara C. Kohanek and had one sister Carolyn Smith. Arthur attended Kenton grade school in Portland from kindergarten through the 8th grade. Spent his fresham year at Jefferson High School then transfered to Milwaukie High School where he graduated. After graduation Arthur entered Lewis & Clark College but decided to join the U.S. Army April 3, 1953. He served in Occupation Army with the 28th and 9th Infantry Division in Goppingen, Germany. He was discharged in March of 1955 at the rank of Staff Sargeant. He served for seven years in the active reserves.
Upon returing home, Arthur became engaged to his high school sweetheart, Sonja F. Lazarus (Milwaukie class of "52") and they were married April 6, 1956. Arthur also joined his fathers firm Nu-Way Printing and Envelope Company which his father started in 1929. He was part of the sales staff as his primary position as well as part owner after his father's retire in 1979. Arthurs retirement came in the summer of 1994 and he continued his hobbies of fishing as well as tending to his house and yard. Other than that Arthur was "Just Living The Dream."
Arthur and Sonja have four children, Heather, Dana, Maryl and Bret; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren, soon to be 16! Services wil be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 at Riverview Abbey Chapel. Visitation will be held, Saturday, Aug. 29th, 2020 from 12-5pm at Riverview Abbey Chapel. Arrangements in care of Riverview Abbey Funeral Home.
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