Deacon David Stanley Kohut

November 12, 1951 - April 5, 2024

Deacon David S. Kohut of Augusta County, Virginia abruptly completed the earthly portion of his walk with the Lord on April 5, 2024.

Deacon David S. Kohut was born on November 12, 1951 in Perth Amboy NJ to the late Dr. George and Mary Fitzsimmons Kohut. He joined an older brother, George Jr. and sister Maryann both of whom predeceased him.

Deacon Dave served as an altar server at Holy Trinity Parish, graduated St. Josephs High School, Metuchen, obtained a bachelor’s in Sociology at the University of Delaware, a Masters in Medical Sociology from Jersey City State College, and a BSN from Seton Hall University. He was ordained a Deacon in the Trenton Diocese in 2003. Deacon Dave has also been a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, most recently serving as the Grand Knight of St. John the Evangelist Council 10760. 

Throughout his professional career Deacon Dave served his fellow man as a substance abuse counselor/administrator, an educator, a hospice nurse, and psychiatric nurse. He also held various volunteer positions in his community and in the various parishes to which he belonged.  He truly lived his motto long before ordination: “I came to serve, not to be served.” 

Throughout his life David loved to paint and in retirement, he pursued this passion, becoming a member of the Shenandoah Valley Arts Center where he exhibited his original paintings. 

In 1972 he was introduced to the girl who would accompany him for 50 years of marriage, Karen M. Coakley Kohut. Together they raised three daughters, Aileen, Colleen, and Kerri and welcomed two sons-in law, Jim Miller and Adam Franco. Over the last 18 years they have been blessed with five of the most amazing grandsons, Benjamin, Christopher (C. David), Elliot, Andrew, and Oliver. 

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren Deacon Dave is survived by two beloved younger brothers, Michael and Kevin and their wives, Amy and Kathy. He was the beloved Uncle of Alfie, Tracy, Stephen (d. 2023), Michael, Bryan, Kaitlin, Jason, Sean, Ronnie, Tristan (d. 2003), Michelle, Eric, Gregory, Yarel, and Alison as well as numerous grandnieces and nephews.

For 72 years and 5 months he has been a blessing to all those he met, spreading the light of Jesus in the workplace and in various Catholic Parishes. We, his family will miss him greatly, but know he has reaped his eternal reward.  

The family wishes to thank the 911 operator, the EMTs, rescue personnel, doctors and nurses who gave prompt, excellent heroic care to Deacon Dave in the final stages of his life.

We invite you to join us at McDow Funeral Home, Waynesboro, VA on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm for a wake service and on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Waynesboro for a Funeral Mass. For those who are unable to attend in person, Deacon Dave's funeral will be live streamed from the parish website, Look for the link on the home page.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Wills Eye Foundation for the Patient Service Fund, 840 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

or to KOVAR, a Knights of Columbus Charity online at or by mailing a check to KOVAR Treasurer, 5588 Neddleton Ave., Woodbridge VA 23193-4165