Otis Sam (Fritz) Koehler, a devoted husband, loving father and proud veteran, passed away on December 1, 2023, at the age of 93. He was born on October 27, 1930, in Searcy, Arkansas, to the late J.M. and Clara Goldner Koehler. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
A true patriot, Fritz proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He faced the harsh conditions of the Chosin Reservoir alongside his brothers-in-arms, demonstrating unwavering dedication and courage as a radio-message router.
Upon returning home, he embarked on a career as a telegrapher for the Missouri Pacific railroad, where he diligently worked for many years. His commitment and hard work were exemplary, leading him to an honorable retirement.
Fritz is survived by his beloved wife of almost 70 years, Jeroline Koehler, his sister, Barbara Black, his brother Dr. Thomas Koehler, and his 3 devoted daughters Cindy Cole, Ramona (Clarence) Meyers, and Beverly (Mike) Schroeder. His legacy lives on in his 3 cherished grandchildren Michael (Krystal) Cole, William (Kimberly) Spooner, Sarah (Chad) Raymer and 5 great grandchildren, Bradine Bodine, Connor and Charlie Cole and Bronson and Brynnan Rose Spooner.
Fritz will be fondly remembered by those who knew him as a man who smiled easily, laughed often and always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye that added a touch of lightheartedness to his presence. He found the joy of artistry in woodworking, a hobby that showcased his creativity and craftsmanship and leaves handcrafted treasures for those he knew and loved.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Marine Corps Toys For Tots in his honor.
May he go in peace, and may his family and friends find solace in the cherished memories they shared with this remarkable man.