SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WBAY) – Terry Kohler, a member of the Kohler family in Wisconsin, has died at the age of 82.
Kohler was a prominent businessman, the great-grandson of the founder of the Kohler Company. When he died he was CEO of Sheboygan-based Windway Capital Corporation, a holding company that includes the Vollrath Company in Sheboygan.
Running unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate and Wisconsin governor, Kohler was a leader in the Wisconsin Republican Party and a major party donor, contributing $100,000 to Scott Walker’s presidential campaign in early 2015, and giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to conservative Super PACs.
He and his wife Mary were recognized for their conservation efforts, including efforts to restore the whooping crane and trumpeter swan populations, according to the Lindbergh Foundation. He was a member of the EAA, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and NRA, the foundation said.
Gov. Scott Walker released a statement Tuesday on Kohler’s passing, calling him “a leader in business, politics, sailing, wildlife conservation, aviation, efforts to promote strong marriages and so much more.”
Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, who’s a Wisconsin native, wrote:
Terry Kohler was a dear personal friend, a civic and business leader in the state of Wisconsin, and a loyal supporter of the Republican Party… As a National Committeeman at the RNC for many years, his leadership not only helped keep our party strong at the national level, but also helped foster a conservative renaissance in Wisconsin. In addition to his successful business career and zeal for politics, Terry had his wonderful wife Mary by his side, seven children, and a host of recreational interests, from sailing to race cars to conservationism. His enthusiasm for living life to the fullest was an inspiration to everyone, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends today.”
The Republican Party of Wisconsin also issued a statement Tuesday evening:
We are saddened by the loss of Terry Kohler and offer our prayers to his family and friends at such a difficult time. We are grateful to have known him as a loyal friend, and for his generosity and commitment to the Republican Party, the conservative movement, and the state of Wisconsin. He was a good and honest leader, who always put the needs of the country, his family and his community ahead of himself. He will be missed by all who knew him, and were touched by his endless generosity and spirit.” – Brad Courtney, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin