Rev. Irvin E. "Gene" Koelker

Rev. Irvin E. 'Gene' Koelker

DOVER - The Rev. Irvin E. "Gene" Koelker, 84, of Dover, died peacefully on Monday, March 25, surrounded by family members.

He grew up in Ohio where he met his wife of 62 years, Betty McKelvey Koelker. He served in eight parishes over his 53-year career in the Maine Conference of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; a sister, Helen Welch of Akron, Ohio; four children, Jon and his wife Donna, Steve and his wife Shelley, Tom and his wife Patsy, and Jane and her husband Jim; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Gene and Betty count Dr. John Yieh, his wife Su, and their daughter, Janet, as part of their family.

A period of visitation will be held Friday, March 29, from 3-6 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market St., North Berwick, Maine. A funeral service will be held at Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at St. John's Church, 28 Cataract Ave., Dover, N.H.

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Published in Fosters from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2013