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C. Richard "Rich" Koehler

LOAMI, IL - Rich Koehler, 80, died on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at his home. He was born in Springfield, Ill., on Oct. 5, 1933, the son of John and Evelyn Witham Koehler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant brother, Kenneth.

He married Nancy Knudsen on Sept. 29, 1984, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Barry (wife, Ginger) and Brent (wife, Beverly) of Fla.; three grandsons, Zachary, Jake, and Luke; great-grandson, Max Koehler; one brother, John of Quincy; one sister, Katie (husband, John) Frank of New Berlin; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rich graduated from New Berlin High School and loved attending class reunions. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked for John Deere Implement Company and Coca-Cola and later retired from Orlandini, Inc., after 21 years. Rich was a lifelong Republican and was a member of the Loami Methodist Church. He enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and the Green Bay Packers. Rich had a good sense of humor and a positive attitude. He enjoyed family and friends and was loyal and trustworthy.

Visitation and Funeral Ceremony: Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral ceremony at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin, with Rev. Donald Peck officiating.

Burial will follow at Woodwreath Cemetery with military honors provided by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

Memorial contributions may be made to Loami United Methodist Church, 112 Coley, Loami, IL 62661, or the Loami Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 60, Loami, IL 62661.

Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.

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