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Eugene H. Koehler


November 16, 2012


Eugene H. Koehler, 73, of 900 Blue Hill Drive Riverside PA passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012 while hunting in Maine.  He was born July 4, 1939 in Philadelphia PA the son of the late Eugene I. and Genevieve Moskal Koehler. 

He graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting PA and from Lock Haven University in 1962 with a degree in Physical Education. 

Gene was a Physical Education and Driver’s Education teacher for 30 years.  He taught in the Conamaugh, Montgomery, Selinsgrove, and Benton School Districts.  He retired from Benton in1993.  Gene also coached football and basketball during his teaching career.  

He was a member of St. Paul’s-Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Danville, a founding member of the Good Times Hunting Club, Nordmont PA, Gideons International and a life member of the Danville Elks. 

Gene cherished time spent with his family, especially his three grandsons.  He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.  He also enjoyed golf, woodworking, fly tying, and traveling.  

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pauline E. “Polly” Zellers Koehler whom he married January 27, 1962.  Also surviving are his daughter Jennifer Koehler Gerst and his grandsons Logan E., Tanner A., and Trevor P. all of Shermans Dale PA.  Also surviving are two brothers; Ronald Koehler and his wife Denise, of New Castle PA and Allen Koehler, of Collegeville PA and two sisters; Margaret “Peggy” Cushard and her husband Glenn of Jackson MI and Laurie Kulp and her husband Ronald of Boyertown PA and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Albert K. Gerst III. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Gene’s life to be held Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11 AM at St. Paul’s-Emmanuel United Methodist Church 305 Pine Street Danville PA with Pastor Greg Molter officiating.  Entombment will be in The Columbarium at Odd Fellows Cemetery Danville PA at the convenience of the family.  Friends will be received from 9 AM until the time of service at the church.  The family will provide the flowers.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Gerst Family Trust c/o The Bank of Landisburg 5125 Spring Rd. Shermans Dale PA 17090 or St. Paul’s-Emmanuel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 305 Pine St. Danville PA 17821.  Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.  www.visneski.com

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