Elder R. Koeller

Elder Robert Koeller, 87, was called home to glory on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay surrounded by his family. Elder was born Oct. 6, 1927, to Arnold and Martha (Schwenke) Koeller in the town of Larabee in Waupaca County. He was baptized into his heavenly family on Oct. 30, 1927. Elder was raised on the family farm in rural Clintonville and graduated from Clintonville High School. He worked for area farmers before serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. After returning from the service, he was employed at Montgomery Ward in the service department for several years. He then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years. Elder was married to Aldine Anne Chicks from 1951-1955. On June 29, 1957, he was united in marriage to Betty Jane Goldacker. The couple lived in Shawano, St. Paul, Minn., and Green Bay, and most of their married life was spent in rural Bonduel. Elder was a devoted Lutheran, spouse, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He enjoyed finding ways to make things work better. He also liked playing cards and board games with his children and grandchildren and was still able to beat them in a game of cribbage in the past few months. Elder is survived by three daughters, Bonnie (Daniel) Sperberg, of Pine River, Martha (Martin Jr.) Pieper, of Wilson, Lisa (John) Gast, of Shawano; four sons, David, of Gresham, Peter, of Milwaukee, Elder Jr., of Madison, and Mark (Denise), of Osceola; 11 grandchildren, Jill, Erica, Travis, Kyle, Sean, Angela, Amie, Melissa, Michelle, Matthew, Jessica; four great-grandchildren, Julia, Jack, Luke, Adriana; five siblings, Irene Koeller, Carlton (Joyce) Koeller, Arlyn Koeller, Luvine (Jim) Mielke, Robert (Dolly) Koeller; two sisters-in-law, Merna Koeller and Henrietta (Richard) Anderson Sr.; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Carolyn) Goldacker. Elder was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on March 18, 2004; his parents; four siblings, Albert Koeller, Carston Koeller, Luella (Marvin) Schlender and Roger Koeller; and in-laws, LaVerne Koeller, Elsa (Arthur) Witter and Max (Joyce) Goldacker. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano with the Rev. Ted Andrada officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Zachow. Visitation will be held at the Swedberg-Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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