- 76 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 10, 1940
- Place of birth:
Weyerhauser, Wisconsin, United States
- Date of passing: Aug 4, 2016
- Place of passing:
Eugene, Oregon, United States
|Let the memory of Dan be with us forever|
"I served in the Navy with Dan at Moffett Field. He worked in the control tower as an Air Traffic Controller and I worked in the office below as an Aerographers Mate (he called us weather guessers). We lived in the same barracks. He had the upper bunk and I had the lower. We became good friends and spent a lot of time together off duty. Beach time, Monterey Jazz Festival and eating a lot of pizza. I don't think Dan liked jazz too much but could he eat a lot of pizza. When he was transferred to Alaska we corresponded a lot and continued some even after I was out of the Navy. I visited him once in Wisc., (early 70's) while my family and I were camping. It was like old times. When he moved to Montana we exchanged Christmas cards and then I lost track of him but I thought of him often. Like tonight after spending time on the amateur radio. So I googled his name and that's when I found out he had passed away this year.
Dan was a great guy and good friend. I was saddened by his passing. He will be missed by all who knew him.
May God rest his soul and let perpetual light shine upon him. And if there is a pizza place in heaven they better start cooking.
"I remember Dan very well. I hadn't seen him in years, but he was a big part of my life growing up. He and my dad were uncle and nephew but since they were the same age, they were more like brothers. He and Marge and Missy would come to Wisconsin and they would become little (very mischievous) boys while they were together. I remember lots of laughter and pranks. I'm not sure I ever saw him not smiling or laughing. The world is a little less without him."
"I hope he is at peace now. I am most thankful to Dan for bringing Michelle into this world. For that I am grateful. Rest in peace, Dan."
"Dan's interment service of his funeral urn into the columbaria niche will be held at Fort Harrison Veterans Cemetery in Helena, Montana, on Friday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the committal shelter."
"I don't know if I ever officially met Dan, I remember him mostly as the security for K mart, back when Kmart was in its prime.
What makes him important to me is that he was the father of Michelle. Michelle has been a life long friend. Her loss is great, but we, her high school years share her loss."
"On Thursday, August 4, 2016, Louis Daniel (Dan) Koehler, beloved father, passed away in Eugene, OR.
Dan, son of Aileen and Louis Koehler, was born and raised around Weyerhaeuser, WI. After graduating high school, he enrolled in the Navy, where he was an air traffic controller. He was very proud of his time in the military and the fact that he worked at Moffett Federal Airfield when it was the busiest airport in the world. He was stationed at the naval base in Kodiak Island, AK, which he loved. After getting out of the military, he moved to Little Chute, WI, where he met his first wife of 18 years, Margaret Vosters. They had one cherished daughter together, Michelle ‘Koehler’ Harley. He worked for the police department and the sheriff’s office and loved his law enforcement experience. In 1975, after being inspired by the movie “Jeremiah Johnson” they moved to Bozeman, MT. Dan then went to work for Kmart as a security manager for many years. Dan and Margaret divorced in 1985.
In 1986, Dan married Katie Koehler and moved to Eugene, OR, where he resided until his passing. He worked for Mesa Airlines and ran a liquor store for the state of OR. He thoroughly enjoyed his second career in the airline industry.
Dan enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors. He loved gardening, cooking, wood working and especially enjoyed watching his beloved Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. He was a man of kindness, gentleness, and dignity. He is very much loved and will be missed greatly.
Dan is survived by his wife, Katie Koehler, and their 2 children together, Jordan Koehler, Cameron Koehler, step-daughter Jenny McFadden, her husband John and granddaughter Mahayla; his first wife Margaret Vosters, daughter Michelle Harley and her husband Bryant. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Aileen Koehler, as well as his brother David (Doc) Koehler and Deanna Herr.
Honor and memorial gifts can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org). A private memorial service will be held in the future."
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