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Charles Herman Koenig

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Charles Herman Koenig

AGE: 92 • Wall

Charles Herman Koenig, 92, of Wall, passed away with grace and dignity on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Rahway on May 24, 1920 to Charles and Hulda Koenig. He embraced the duty of life as well as the joy in life, and he was the kindest man you could ever meet. While attending Rahway High School, he worked at his family store, Koenig Hardware in Linden. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941 and, shortly thereafter, he met his sweetheart, the late Hermine Sellis. She skated her way into his heart at a roller rink in Rahway. Almost immediately, he was deployed to Guadalcanal, an island in the South Pacific, where he was a member of the Aviation Engineers Platoon. Mr. Koenig built runways on the islands in the South Pacific — an important strategic mission, as fighter pilots needed to land, refuel and win the war. After a three and one-half year courtship by correspondence, he returned to the United States and married Ms. Sellis on March 30, 1945. In 1955, they moved to the Jersey Shore with their three small children. Mr. Koenig continued to commute to work at Linden Ice Plant, which he owned and operated. He and his family lived in Laurelton on Forest Road, now a part of Brick. Mr. and Mrs. Koenig's true love was to be at the farmhouse they bought in upper New York in 1956. They loved the simplicity of living at The Farm with no electricity or television, and being surrounded by the beauty of 200 acres. In 1996, their children hosted a surprise 50th anniversary party at The Farm, where they renewed their marriage vows. For the past 56 years, Mr. Koenig has cherished sharing the farm with his family and friends.

Mr. Koenig is survived by his son, Bruce Charles Koenig and his wife, Sonia; his daughter, Dale L. Wegener and her husband, Peter H. Wegener of Brielle; and his son, Ridge C. Koenig and his wife, JoAnne Koenig of Point Pleasant. He is also survived by six loving grandchildren which he so enjoyed: Dean Morris, Brent Koenig, Ryan Koenig, Desiera Koenig, Katelyn Koenig and Alecia Schneider.

A private memorial service will be held at the farm in the spring, where he will spend eternity with Hermine, surrounded by its natural beauty.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 8, 2012
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