Carl C. Koehler, 91, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 8:05 P.M. at his home in Marion.
Carl was born on November 26, 1918 in Rock Creek, Kansas to Louis Carl and Ellen (Clare) Koehler. He married Marguerite Smith on June 8, 1939 in Yates Center, Kansas and together they over 70 years of marriage until her death on October 18, 2009.
Mr. Koehler served in the United States Army during WWII. During the war, Staff Sgt. Koehler was stationed in the Philippines and Luzon. Upon discharge, he worked as a railway clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad until his retirement in July of 1962. He was a 50 plus year member of the American Legion Post. Carl attended White Ash Baptist Church.
His is survived by;
Son Larry Koehler and wife Carol of Marion
Kevin Koehler and wife Melanie of Murray, Kentucky
Kelly Rutledge and husband Barry of Freeburg
Kimberly Church and husband Andy of Carterville
Kory Koehler and wife Lisa of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Seven Great Grandchildren;
Nathan & Braxton Koehler
Christopher, Daniel & Bryce Rutledge
Numerous special nieces and nephews
Preceded by his Parents, Wife, 3 Brothers and 1 Sister
A service celebrating Mr. Koehlers life was held by the immediate family at his home, his grandson Kevin Koehler officiated. According to his wishes he will be cremated and his ashes will be buried next to his wife Marguerite in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Koehlers memory to the Gideons or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.