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Albert Edwin Koehler, 80, of Berne, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Swiss Village Retirement Center, in Berne.
He was born on Sunday, May 08, 1932, in New Albany, Indiana.
He married Barbara Sue (Zonker) on Saturday, November 15, 1980, in Berne.
Mr. Koehler retired in 1994 from teaching. He taught at South Adams from 1964 to 1967 and at Jay County from 1968 to 1994. He was a graduate of Purdue University.
He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Berne, the Retired Teachers Association, the Masonic Lodge in Decatur, the Scottish Rite and the Mizpah Temple, both in Fort Wayne, the American Legion 468 in Berne, and he enjoyed playing in the band at Purdue University and the Mizpah Temple.
He served in the US Army and the American Legion Post 468 will conduct military honors. There will be a Masonic service at the Swiss Village Auditorium on Saturday.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Sue (Zonker) Koehler, Berne; sons, Albert Irving Koehler, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Daniel E. (Sue) Koehler, Berne; Michael L. Koehler, Orlando, Fla.; Steven M. (Beth) Koehler, Linn Grove; stepdaughters, Kathy (Todd) Vance, Geneva; Tara Riesen, Celina; Shawnne (Jeff) Davis, Van Wert; Tracy (Rick) Fravel, Monroe; brother, Lloyd Koehler, New Albany; ten grandchildren, and nine great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert William and Ruth Elizabeth (Parrett) Koehler.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Swiss Village Auditorium on Saturday, May 19, from 1-5 p.m.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at Swiss Village Auditorium at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, with Pastor Donald Sauls, Chaplain Anita Rediger and Pastor Adam Koehler officiating.
Interment will be on June 4, in the Graceland Cemetery, New Albany.
Preferred memorials are to Family Hospice, 265 W. Water Street, Berne, IN 46711; or Swiss Village Retirement Center, 1350 W. Main St. Berne, IN 46711.
Arrangements were by Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.