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May 21, 2011
Reinbeck Courier

Koht, Elliott Rodney "Rod" 87, passed away March 15, 2011 at Friendship Village in Tempe, Ariz. He was born June 18, 1923, in Reinbeck Iowa to Elliott Fred and Iva Green Koht. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a weather reporter during WWII in Northern Africa. Rod graduated from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. After the war in 1946, he married Helen Davis of Hudson, Iowa. They moved from Iowa to Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1948. He worked for Western Horseman Magazine for 35 years and retired as General Manager in 1984. In 2007, Rod moved to Tempe, Ariz. He was an avid golfer playing at courses all over the country. He is survived in life by his daughters Kathleen (Don) McMichael of Denver, Colo. and Nancy (Bill) Johnson of Mesa, Ariz. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren Kelly (Jeff) Oxley, Darren (Linda) McMichael of Denver, Colo.; Amy (Chad) Turner of Buckeye, Ariz., Ryan (Nicole) Johnson of Gilbert, Ariz., Sally (Justin) Moore of Goodyear, Ariz. and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and brother, Art Koht. Rod also has one surviving sister-in-law, Jean Koht of Ariz. A memorial service will be held in July at Memorial Gardens Mortuary and Cemetery, 3825 Airport Rd., Colorado Springs, Colo. Donations may be made in Rod's name to Friendship Village Tempe, Attn: Employee Appreciation Fund, 2645 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282.



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