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Arthur Kahn

August 18, 1943 — July 25, 2019

Arthur Albert Kahn passed away July 25th, 2019 after a courageous and incredibly hard fought battle with cancer. He would want it to be known that since the cancer died with him, it didn’t win. Technically- it was a tie.

He was born August 18th, 1943 in Houston, Texas to Emma Elizabeth and Alfred Kahn. If you believed all of his stories, he started working in his father’s famous deli, Alfred’s, about a week later. He became a bar mitzvah in 1956 and graduated from Bellaire High School in 1961. This is where his adventure began. He left home the day after graduation in his prized 1962 Corvette (a graduation gift) and set out on a cross-country journey- failing to tell his parents of his plans. After a few stops along the way - New York City where he worked on the original multi-media play STOMP, California where he learned to raise chickens in the Peace Corps, Atlanta for the Atlanta Pop Festival – he settled in Washington County in 1970 at Peaceable Kingdom where he was the resident carpenter.

He met JoAnn Kokemoor a few years later- at a Renaissance Festival, where he was wearing leggings and an American Flag, flanked by his beloved Irish Wolfhound, Loretta. They were married in Chappell Hill in 1979, lived in Brenham and had three children, Joshua, Benjamin and Emilie. Artie was a true artist through his work in restoration of historical homes and was proud to have preserved numerous historical properties around the area.

He is preceded in death by his father, Alfred Kahn, mother, Emma Elizabeth Overstreet, and step-father Jack Stone Overstreet. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, son Joshua Kahn and wife Tina, son Benjamin Kahn and wife Jessica, daughter Emilie Klingsporn and husband Andrew, sister Susan Zimmerman, brother and sister-in-law Mike and Marcia Kahn, brother and sister-in-law Roy and Barbara Kokemoor, and grandchildren Jordan Kahn, Jake and Stella Kahn, and Luella and Milly Klingsporn.

A reception, celebration of life, and telling of Artie stories will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel on Sunday, July 28 from 5-7 pm. A private family burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers and in honor of his love of the Houston Astros and animals, the family asks for donations to the Lance McCullers Foundation at or to Hospice Brazos Valley.

Funeral arrangements for Arthur Albert Kahn are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

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