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Betty Lou Kahler, 88, a resident of Dallas died Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Salem.

She was born on April 16, 1931, in Wagner, South Dakota, one of nine children born to Theadore and Roxie Gregg Heide. She grew up in the Bethel and McCoy areas, graduating from Monmouth High School.

She met her future husband, Kenneth Herman Kahler, at a community dance in Independence, and they were married on Aug. 26, 1949, in Monmouth. They moved to California for a short time in 1956, and returned to Dallas in 1961.

Betty and Ken owned and operated the restaurant in the bowling alley for a couple of years. Betty worked at a title company in town for many years, and then went on to work at the Polk County Assessors Office as a clerk where she retired in the mid 1980s.

She loved bowling, shopping and the color purple. Betty was an avid league bowler for over 40 years and enjoyed traveling for bowling tournaments with her children. She was a member of the Women’s Bowling Association and the Dallas Senior Center. Her biggest joy in life was her family. She was happiest when she had family around for holidays and birthday celebrations. She had the privilege of babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they were growing up.

She is survived by her children Roxanna (Dennis) Buchholz, of Dallas, Bradley (Diane) Kahler, of Crescent Lake, and Bruce (Kris) Kahler, of Keizer; along with eight grandchildren, Danette (Jay) Bailey, Darren (Lindsey) Buchholz, Jennifer Kahler, Stephanie Kahler, Sara Mason, Brandon (Heather) Kahler, Nic Kahler, Kari Kahler; 10 great-grandchildren, Jacob A Bailey (Kathrine), Josh Bailey, Destiny (Robert)Hegeman, Katelyn Buchholz, Raelynn VanDyke, Elora Erickson, Sophia Bredbenner, Ainsley Kahler, Adelaide Kahler and Keegan Kahler; and four great-great-grandchildren, Jacob J Bailey, Jaden Bailey, Josiah Bailey and Johnathan Hegeman; and sister Dolly Hughes, of Monmouth; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ken; great-grandson Jacob A Bailey; and siblings: Evelyn Prose, Robert Heide Viola Langeliers, Virginia Buroker, Calvin Heide, Clayton Heidi and LaVern Heide.

Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private graveside services Friday in the Restlawn Cemetery in Salem. A reception will follow the graveside service at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

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