Gone too soon

Date of BirthJuly 11, 1934

Barry Dean Koehler Sr. Obituary

Date of BirthJuly 11, 1934

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Date of PassingMay 17, 2020

Barry Dean Koehler Sr. Obituary

from South Bend, Indiana, United States

Date of BirthJuly 11, 1934

Barry Dean Koehler Sr. Obituary

Date of BirthJuly 11, 1934

538 Views

Date of PassingMay 17, 2020

Barry Dean Koehler Sr. Obituary

from South Bend, Indiana, United States


Gone too soon

SOUTH BEND, IN - Barry Dean Koehler Sr., 85, of South Bend, Indiana passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020 at Saint Joseph Hopistal surrounded by his children. The son of Swedish parents, Barry was born on July 11, 1934 in South Bend, IN to Kurt and A. Catherine (Peterson) Koehler. He loved his country and served in the United States Army. On June 21, 1952 he married Cara-Jean (“CJ”) Mattmiller who preceded him in death in 2000. Together they had five children: Mary, Ruby, Rose, Barry Jr, and Junior. 

Barry greatly enjoyed the years spent with his wife Kyong, and their children on Diamond Lake, where he served as president of the Yacht Club and coordinated the 4th of July fireworks shows. He lovingly provided care for his mother for over twenty years. He had a special relationship with his sister Mary Ann and her husband Roger, whom he affectionately called his “Li'l Bro”. Some of Barry's fondest memories were formed during numerous family reunions at their home in Maryland, where everyone enjoyed late night pool parties, dancing, and lobster dinners. He also loved fishing trips to Canada with his sons, son-in-law, and grandsons. He was a fervent fan of Notre Dame football and Purdue University, a reliable partner in euchre and other card games, an avid supporter of his grandchildren's activities, a persistent gift-giver, who had a trove of knowledge with an encyclopedic memory, and was a poet who could recite every ditty, doggerel, ballad, and rhyme ever known.

Barry is survived by his loving sister, Mary Ann (Roger) Jurgovan of Silver Spring, Maryland; three sons: Steve Anderson of Santa Rosa, California, Douglas (Jeanna) Anderson of Angola, Indiana, and David (Heidi) Anderson of Baltimore, Maryland; daughter, Lisa (Robert) Hammer of South Bend, Indiana; stepdaughter, Christine (Steve) Witzke of Warsaw, Indiana; stepson, Michael (Denise) Klein of Indianapolis, Indiana; son-in-law, Charles Cramer of Fort Worth, Texas; and three nephews, Jeff (Tammy) Jurgovan of Lynchburg, Virginia, Jon (Keeley) Jurgovan of Dallas, Texas, and Bill Jurgovan of Potomac, Maryland. He was preceded in death in 2013 by his loving daughter, Laura Cramer.

The family sincerely thanks all the wonderful Hospice nurses who cared for Barry in his last days. Your generosity, patience, and kindness were true blessings. He will be greatly missed.

Due to COVID-19, a private visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 20, at Kaniewski Funeral Home. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial with Military Services will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

This obituary is administered by:
~ Amanda Rivera ~