Bruce Koehler

Bruce M. Koehler of Waubeka died Saturday, Nov. 3, following a motorcycle accident. He was 53 years old.  

Bruce was born in Port Washington on June 22, 1965, to Frederick “Fritz” Koehler Jr. and Betty Reimer Koehler.  

Mr. Koehler grew up in Little Kohler, helping the family in their businesses, Lehn’s Catering and Lehn’s Tavern.

From an early age, he took pride in starting the school bus each morning that his mother drove. He also cared for the  Koehler Family Pond.

 He attended school in Random Lake, graduating in 1983.

Mr. Koehler worked as head maintenance engineer for the Clothes Clinic in West Bend.

He was a longtime member of the Waubeka Fire Department, achieving the rank of assistant chief. He also was a  hazardous material team leader, a rescue boat crew member for Ozaukee County

Emergency Management,  president of MABAS Division 119, a member of the Southeast Wisconsin Incident Management Team, an advisor for the Random Lake Area District Explorers Program, a member of the Ozaukee County and the Wisconsin State Fire Chief’s Associations and the Badger Firefighters Association.

Mr. Koehler enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his fiancée Dawn, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing.

His most treasured time was spent with his four grandsons.

Bruce is survived by his children Jessica Simms and Austin (Angel) Koehler, both of Waubeka; grandsons Nathan, Aiden, Asher and Cooper; fiancée Dawn Dieringer and her children Cora and Kelsie of Waubeka; siblings Gerald (Barb), Fritz III (Sue), both of Crivitz, Dale (Kate) of Amery and Charlene (Timothy) Landing of Fredonia. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fredonia. Pastor Marshal Frisque will preside. Visitation will take place at the church from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Fire department walk-through will take place at 1:30 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family, the Waubeka Fire Department or the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial.

The Eernisse Funeral Home assisted the family.2 p.m.



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