Long time Golden residents retire, relocate to Armstrong

Ron and Lois Kohalyk both recently retired after 34 years in the log yard (Ron) and 22 years in the Golden school system (Lois).

Ron and Lois Kohalyk both recently retired after 34 years in the log yard (Ron) and 22 years in the Golden school system (Lois).

Two longtime locals are finally taking a well-deserved break. Ron Kohalyk has retired from the log yard after 34 years and his wife Lois is now a retired Special Education Assistant after 22 years in the Golden school system.

Ron and Lois, high school sweethearts, moved to Golden with their families in 1958 and 1959.

“We met when I was 15 and she was 14. We went together for a long time,” Ron says. Growing up in Golden, the couple had many friends and family around the area – not to mention the great fishing, all making it impossible to leave.

After working in different jobs around town, Ron was offered a job by a friend who was a foreman for the log yard.

“It was a good job, I always had great crews to work with and was always treated well.”

Lois spent much of her time volunteering with the school and when a teacher told her she would be perfect as an SEA, she took a course and became even more involved. The couple were very dedicated to Golden through family and friends as well as Minor Hockey, which Ron was involved with for 13 years.

The Kohalyks have moved on to Armstrong where they look forward to living a retired life. “The only difference between retirement and a job is half the pay and I don’t have to pack a lunch,” Ron jokes.

“We really got to watch the town grow,” Lois adds, “we will really miss it here, I will miss the students and my co-workers.”

Lois says that although they have moved to Armstrong, the Kohalyks will be returning for visits as well as for her retirement party happening in June.

Ron would like to thank L.P. and his crew for the gifts and well wishes he received.

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