OBITUARY: Walter L. Koehn

Walter L. Koehn 92, died March 21, 2020, at his Newton residence.  He was born December 4, 1927, on a farm near Meno, Okla., to Benjamin and Leah (Johnson) Koehn.  On July 17, 1949, he married Juanita M. Bence in Newton, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 6, 2013.  Their marriage was blessed with four children Mark, Julie, Pat and Dan. 

Walt was the 10th child born into a family of 14 kids. When he was growing up on the farm, he liked taking care of the chickens.  He moved to Newton in 1947, the same year his met his wife. 

He worked for a couple of years in Washington state at a wood mill and came back to Newton in 1951 and started working for Boeing where he remained for 37 years prior to his retirement.  Walt enjoyed his dogs and had 4-5 poodles through the years who all shared the name “poo-poo.” He also had a pug named “Bugsy” and a Chihuahua named “Tootsie.” Walt was an avid gardener and he looked forward to planting in the spring and sharing his harvest. 

Walt is survived by his children, Mark and his wife, Mary Koehn; Daniel and his wife, Cheryl Koehn; daughters, Julie and her husband, David Fundenburg and Patty and Ron Phillips.  He is also survived by brothers, Wilbur and Larry Koehn and sister, Alda Reimer and El Vera McClure. There are 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers, Alvin, Elmer and Paul and sisters, Luella, Elizabeth, Lenora, Alice, Melina and Leona.

Graveside committal service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Restlawn Gardens of Memory in Rural Newton with Pastor Anita Kehr presiding. Visitation was 5:30-9 p.m., Tuesday evening at Petersen Funeral Home.  

Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice or First Mennonite Church, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.