Koenig, Harold L. "Hal'
Harold L. "Hal" Koenig, age 87, of Cecil, passed away Wednesday morning, October 16, 2013 at ManorCare of Shawano.
Harold was born October 28, 1925 in Shawano, a son of the late Emil and Hertha (Burhrandt) Koenig.
He attended the Shawano schools and was a 1943 graduate of Shawano High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served during World War II. Harold served in the European Theatre and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He earned two Bronze Stars for his service. While stationed in Germany, he met his future wife, Irene.
On March 1, 1947 he was united in marriage to the former Irene Sapenko at St James Lutheran Church of Shawano. Following their marriage the couple moved to Illinois, where Hal was employed with the Schultz Brothers Company. The couple later moved to Green Bay where Hal was in charge of opening and managing a new Ben Franklin Store. They stayed in Green Bay for over thirty years.
Hal later accepted a position with the National Federation of Independent Business where he worked as a Field Rep and later was promoted to Division Manager and was responsible for covering five states. In 1983, the couple moved to Shawano when they had an opportunity to purchase the Hallmark Store and get back closer to the Koenig family. The store is known as Hal's Hallmark of Shawano.
He is a member of St James Lutheran Church of Shawano. Hal loved his country and was extremely fond of politics. He was very compassionate to both the youth and the elderly.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Irene Koenig of Cecil; His loving son-Bruce Koenig of Green Bay, and his granddaughter, Nikki Koenig also of Green Bay. His nephews, Gerald (Alyce) Koenig of Sussex, WI; Stanley (Sandy) Koenig of Gillett; Stephen (Cheryl) Koenig of Shawano and Daniel (Sue) Reichel of Arizona. Many great nephews and nieces also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Erwin Koenig and a sister, Eleanor Reichel.
Funeral services for Harold Koenig will be held on Monday, October 21 at 11:00 AM at St James Lutheran Church of Shawano. Pastor Ted Andrada will officiate. Interment, with full military honors conducted by Shawano American Legion Post #117, will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Shawano. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30 AM until the hour of service.
In lieu of flowers and plants, the family prefers memorials in his name for the Wounded Warrior Project or for Dementia Research. Schroeder-Mickelson Funeral Service of Shawano is assisting the family with the service arrangements. Online condolences at www.schroedermickelsonfuneralservice.com
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Oct. 19, 2013