Obituary: Emery Wallace Koehler

September 20, 1929~May 9, 2021

Emery Wallace Koehler, 91, of Sister Bay, died peacefully on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village.

He was born September 20, 1929 in Joliet, Illinois, son of the late Arnold Paul and Myrtle Isabel (Knudson) Koehler. Emery grew up on the family farm in Illinois and in 1946, they moved to Ephraim. He worked as a caretaker and at The Fruit Growers in Sister Bay. He later worked at Paschke Drilling and Blasting Company, where he retired from after 12 years of employment. Emery was a 45-year member of the Operating Engineers Union – Local 139. He was united in marriage to June Juanita Dahlstrom on June 27, 1977 in Green Bay. They were members of the Moravian Church of Sister Bay. Emery enjoyed gardening and watching Wisconsin sport teams.

Emery will be missed by his children, Kathy (Richard) Buelow of Sturgeon Bay and John (Mary) Koehler of Fish Creek; loving wife of 43 years, June Koehler of Sister Bay; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; stepdaughter, Debra (Steve) Mann of Sister Bay; two step grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Myrtle Koehler; children, Jeannette Koehler and David (Sherry) Koehler; stepson, Kenneth “Lee” (Sharon) Dahlstrom; sister, Gloria (Hollis “Baldy”) Bridenhagen; and sister-in-law, Elaine (Walter) Kalms.

Emery will be laid to rest in the Sister Bay Moravian Cemetery on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Kerry Krauss will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sister Bay Moravian Church, the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village, or Unity Hospice.

The family would like to express a sincere thanks to the staff at Scandia Village and Unity Hospice for their care and support.

Casperson Funeral Home of Sister Bay is assisting the Koehler family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Emery may be shared with his family through his tribute page at