GRAND CHUTE- Kind, loving and fun. Those are just a few of the words used to describe John Cohen whose friends called him Harley.
Brittney Metz is co-owner of The Bar and says, “We want to keep living the memories of Harley and the great man he will forever be in our hearts and our minds.”
Cohen co-owned The Bar on Nordale Drive in Grand Chute. This place has been a part of the community for more than two decades.
Saturday was full of emotion as employees remembered Cohen’s dedication.
“When I first started here 12 years ago, he was full on behind the bar almost every night, but over the years he was able to hand over the reins a little bit and give us more of the, ‘You’re the one in charge. You go for it.’ He was always willing to be right there.” said Anne Metz.
Friends say Cohen worked hard, but every year took time off for an ice fishing trip with his buddies.
However, this year’s getaway didn’t go as planned.
Cohen was with Daniel Krubeck, known as Dan Bob, and Gerald Randerson in northern Langlade County Friday night.
Sheriff’s officials say the men’s SUV went into the ditch on Pickerel Lake Road, rolled over, and landed partially in the water after breaking through the ice of Pickerel Creek.
Deputies found the three men dead inside the overturned vehicle.
All three men were friends, and spent a majority of their time working or visiting The Bar.
“Gerry was genuinely sweet, and just a nice guy. With Dan Bob, he would go out of his way for you no matter what it was, what time of day it was,” said Eli Dvorachek.
Many say the three men were like family, and will be greatly missed.