Owen R. Koehler
Owen Richard Koehler, 86, of Traverse City, formerly of Twin Lake, passed away Sept. 11, 2019. Owen was born to the late Paul and Bertha (Zwicker) Koehler on Jan. 14, 1933. He was one of four children.
In the middle of summer he met his future bride down at the lake on a swimming raft. He was an avid swimmer. After that first encounter they shared 63 years of memories and laughs together. Throughout their marriage he protected his wife and stuck by her side.
Owen was dedicated to his family and to his work, spending 36 years employed at Geerpress Wringer.
He can best be described as a real character. He had a generous spirit and was very resourceful. His love for dogs always gave way for a family pet. He was dependable and predictable and always there if you needed something, and sometimes even if you didn't. He loved to shop for hours, but usually for sweets, and you would find it difficult to see him sit idly. He was always tinkering with something.
His faith was very important to him, and he instilled that in his family. His love for the Lord never wavered. Even though he found it difficult to say, "I love you," in younger years, he softened as he got older and often shared love openly. He will be missed dearly by those who knew him.
Owen is survived and missed by his loving wife, Bunny; his children, Lorin (Ai "Chikko"), Monte (Lori Mattson), Brenda Pepper and Connie (Ralph) Hintsala; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Neil; sister, Grace; sister-in-law, Naomi; and son-in-law, Alva Pepper.
A funeral service to honor Owen's life will take place at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Interlochen on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may choose to do so to the Lutheran Bible Translators in Owen's honor.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories and condolences with the family.
Owen and his family are being cared for by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on September 20, 2019

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