Kenneth Martin Nohe, 85, retired attorney, died Nov. 2, 2009 at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita.
An avid learner, Kenneth was a lawyer who loved the law and a man who loved his life. He met the exquisite Joanne Reffner, window dresser, in Macy’s Tea Room. Smitten by the dapper young attorney, she took note of the charismatic man wearing Wellington boots and a radiant smile. They married in 1952 and enjoyed an abundant life with their two children, gourmet cooking and entertaining, and antiquing adventures that netted quirky collections including beer steins, glass hatchets and stick pins for ties. As a grandfather, Kenneth was dedicated to teaching and loving his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Tommy-Ray.
Born Nov. 20, 1924, Kenneth hailed from Kansas City, Kan., graduating from Shawnee Mission High School in 1942. A member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 1946. He earned a law degree from K.U. in 1949. Professionally, he served as law clerk for U.S. District Court with Judge Arthur J. Mellott, in private practice with Eugene Coombs, Kidwell, Ball, Greene & Nohe, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Kansas appointed by Pres. Eisenhower, legal counsel and vice president of Stockyards National Bank, now United American Bank, and was a 50-year member of the Kansas Bar Association.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne Nohe, son, Eric Nohe, daughter, Harriet Hutchins, grandchildren Elizabeth and Tommy-Ray Hutchins, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kenneth requested no public service upon his death. Donations may be sent in memory of Kenneth Nohe to the Foundation for Western Cultural Policy.