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August 31, 2022 - 00:00
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Allen Joseph Kohleffel, “Big Al”, a lifelong resident of the Eagle Lake area, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022, peacefully in his sleep.

He was born on January 16, 1961, and attended Rice Consolidated, graduating in May of 1979. He continued farming with family while pursuing his rodeo dreams. Allen was a fourth generation farmer on Kaechele Ranch as well as family land. He took pride in every crop he planted. In true Allen Kohleffel fashion, he got his final crop out for the 2022 Harvest.

Allen married Katrina Poorman of Katy on November 2, 1991. In 1992, they welcomed their first son, Cody Kohleffel. Five years later, they welcomed their second son, Cord Kohleffel. Together with Nena and Harlan Boettcher they started the Chute and Barrel Junior Rodeo Association.

Big Al’s sons were the light of his life. He often referred to them as his greatest gifts. Allen loved to spend his time with them farming, roping, and riding around on the prairie. They spent every day together working on the farm side by side.

Allen is preceded in death by his father Raymond Lee Kohleffel , mother Dorothy Mahal-itc Kohleffel, Aunt Dorothy Kohleffel-Cassady, and Uncle Dale Cassady.

He is survived by his wife Katrina Kohleffel; son and daughter-in-law Cody Allen and Summer Kohleffel of East Bernard; son Cord Raymond Kohleffel and Bailey Taylor of Chesterville; and sister Dina Kohleffel Livermore and husband Bob of Houston. He had two grandsons, Rhett his right hand man (7) and Clint the twinkle in his eyes (8mo.)

Visitation was August 25, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas. Funeral mass was August 26, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church Eagle Lake, Texas, with Fr. Robert Guerra officiating. He will rest eternally at the Chesterville Cemetery in Chesterville, Texas.

Pallbearers were August Jochec, Mark Meyer, Greg Zwernemann, Buddy Mascheck, Johnny Philipp, Kurt Kelso, Pat Pavlu, and Bunge Halla. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Reznicek, Cl iff Mock, Mark Daigle, Tommy Mahalitc, and Rusty Graves.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WCJC Rodeo Team, 911 Boling Hwy, Wharton, Texas, 77488, with memo: Allen Kohleffel. Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome. com.