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Byron Kohfield

March 2, 1934 November 3, 2019
Byron Kohfield
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Byron Douglas Kohfield was born in Tunki, China, March 2, 1934, to then-missionaries Erwin and Mary (Reynolds) Kohfield. As the younger brother to twins Bruce and Bernice, he grew up in China, Oregon, and California. Byron graduated from Mountain View Union High School in Mountain View, California. Following his highschool graduation he enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps, which was a time he was both thankful for and proud of all his life. Honoring those who served in any branch of the military brought tears to his eyes. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to California and completed a year of college.

When he was seventeen, Byron met the love of his life, fourteen year old Virginia Stewart. Five years later, after his military service, the couple was united in marriage by Byron’s father on February 11, 1956, at Mountain View Baptist Church. Their nearly 64 year union was blessed with three children, David, Gary, and Linda.

The couple made their home and started raising their family in California. Byron worked for a short time selling insurance door to door. It wasn’t his favorite job, but he credited the experience with teaching him how to meet people, and with exposing him to some of the differences in how people see the world.

He worked for United Technologies in California and would often come home with fascinating stories of what he had seen on the job. He also worked for NASA, but without dreams of personally visiting space.

Byron's eye was on Alaska, a dream born of reading Jack London novels in his teens. In the summer of 1964 (shortly after the big Alaska earthquake), he and his brother-in-law traveled up the AlCan highway for a visit. Earthquake damage did not deter his interest. In 1967, he moved his family to Anchorage. In Alaska, he worked for both the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Air Force.

When he wasn’t working, he was hunting, fishing - enjoying all Alaska had to offer, even ice skating and cross-country skiing in those first few years. He eventually lost interest in hunting, not opposed to it, but came to appreciate God’s creation from behind a camera. That hobby might have lasted longer, but the opportunity to start his own business beckoned. He left government employment to enter the private sector when offered a job with Steenmeyer Corporation. After many years with Steenmeyer he left and started KC Corporation, running it until his retirement on February 29,2019. All along the way, he earned the respect of his peers, his co-workers, his employees, and his financiers. Everyone he met, everyone with whom he worked, knew his reputation for going above and beyond, for always doing the job right the first time, no matter the cost.

Byron had a heart for the Lord, for His church and for missions. He was privileged to have been part of The Gideons ministry, to support the Anchorage Rescue Mission, to support the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfasts, to help in the founding of Baxter Road Bible Church, to have been on the board of Alaska Bible College for a time, and for roughly seventeen years (until illness prevented him), to serve as a Sunday School teacher for the Senior Saints class at Anchorage Baptist Temple. The Senior Saints became his extended family as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Byron was extremely proud of his family. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife and supported her in Everything she did. Theirs truly was a life long love story.
As a father, he was much loved and appreciated. He always had MANY words of Wisdom… which were usually but not always appreciated (family joke). There are many memories of camping and canoeing in his hand made canoe, fishing, including his enduring patience undoing endless snarls. He always had an ear to listen day or night to help work through any situation. As a grandpa, he was adored and revered. His grandchildren have fond memories of playing "don't wake the bear" (he always growled loudly at them as he woke up). Games of checkers, chess, and rummy will always be remembered at the cabin. A surprise memory to the parents was grandpa letting the grandkids drive the car on the dirt roads to the cabin. Byron also had a heart for simple things. Burnt oatmeal cookies, homemade pizza, sugar in the spaghetti sauce to cut down the acidity - swore by it, though it gave rise to a family story from his early marital days, a good game of chess, Fox News, dogs, good friends, golf, oriental food for lunch. His most cherished time though was the simple time of being at home with his wife in their recliners. The list could go on and on, and those who knew him each have their own memories.

As much as he loved Alaska, his last years in the state were difficult. He lost many close friends as they moved out of state, or reached the end of their lives. He talked often of moving to Idaho, to be near family. He also dreamed about having a place that he could grow his own corn. On September 2, 2019, that dream came true as they said goodbye to their home of 52 years in Alaska, and took up residence in Hayden, Idaho. The future they’d hoped to share together was not to be. Byron was a child of God in Christ. By God’s grace, on November 3, 2019, Byron went to his eternal home to be with his Lord at the age of 85 years.

Byron is survived by his wife, Virginia Kohfield, of Hayden, Idaho; his son, David Kohfield of Anchorage, Alaska, daughter, Linda (and Jim) Berkley of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Miranda, James, Joshua, Eric, Aaron and Philip; and his brother Bruce (and June) Kohfield of Dublin, California. He reunites with his son, Gary; parents, Erwin and Mary Kohfield; and sister, Bernice Kohfield.

Blessed and eternal be the memory of Byron Kohfield.

Funeral services for Byron Kohfield, age 85, of Hayden, Idaho (and formerly Anchorage, Alaska) will be Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Yates Funeral Home, Hayden Chapel located at 373 E. Hayden Avenue with reception to follow. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Post Falls, Idaho. Arrangements are provided by Yates Funeral Home. On-line registry and condolences may be found at
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Alaska Rescue Mission.

A memorial service will be held in Anchorage Alaska on November 30th at Anchorage Baptist Temple.

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Funeral Service




2:00 PM 11/10/2019 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 11/10/2019 3:00:00 PM
Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Hayden Chapel

373 E. Hayden Avenue
Hayden Lake, ID 83835

Reception to follow service downstairs.

Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Hayden Chapel
373 E. Hayden Avenue Hayden Lake 83835 ID
United States

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Pleasant View Cemetery Final Resting Place

W. 4252 Plonske Lane
Post Falls, ID 83854

W. 4252 Plonske Lane Post Falls 83854 ID
United States

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