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Wayne W. Koeller

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:02 p.m. CDT

Wayne Walter Koeller, 80, Forreston, went to his eternal home on Saturday, June 21, 2014 while at Presence Saint Joseph Center, Freeport, after a battle with cancer. 

Wayne was born on June 23, 1933 to Walter and Carrie (Buisker) Koeller. 

He married Carol Piefer on Jan. 28, 1956. 

He attended the Koeller one-room school on Walnut Road, Freeport, and graduated from Freeport High School in 1951. 

He was a farmer for a few years then drove truck for Glenn Roth, Freeport, and Bocker Grain, Polo, until retirement. 

Wayne was a volunteer fireman for Forreston Fire Protection District for 46 years. 

His pride and joy was when family got together and also attending his grandchildren’s activities. 

For many years he enjoyed camping and spending winters in Texas. 

Throughout the years he sang in the church choir, at weddings, and at funerals. 

He is survived by his wife, Carol, Forreston; his children, Cynthia (Ronald) Bahr, Forreston, Tamela (Kenneth) Vinnedge, Forreston, Timothy (Brenda) Koeller, Byron, Gary (Jane, fiancée) Koeller, Forreston, Sherri (Tom) Seipts, Pecatonica; 12 grandchildren, Christina (Jason) Tillery, Joshua (Jennifer) Vinnedge, Ryan (Kelli) Bahr, Kyle (Lindsay) Vinnedge, Cari (Ben) Modlinger, Justin Koeller, Brittany (Dane) Busker, Kelsey Vinnedge, Brian Koeller, Allison Seipts, Erin Seipts, and Brent Koeller; 12 great-grandchildren, Abigayle, Emalee ,Victoria, Elizabeth, Hayden, Hannah, Izzabella, Beckett, Reid, Delaney, Jaxon, and Aubrey; three step-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; and a step great-great-grandchild; sister, Phyllis Vehmeier, Freeport; and brother, James (Nancy) Koeller, Lanark. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother-in-law, James Vehmeier. 

The family wishes to thank FHN Hospice Care and Presence Saint Joseph Center for their excellent care. 

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday June 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church 1440 S. Walnut, Freeport, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial was scheduled at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. 

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the Forreston Fire protection and for Faith United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were completed by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, Forreston.

Visit www.burketubbs.com to sign his guestbook and to share memories.

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