Herb W. Koelling
Herb W. Koelling, 92, passed away Sunday, February 26th, in Enterprise. He was born May 19, 1924 in near Talmage, the son of Benjamin A. and Rena E. (Bowyer) Koelling. Growing up in the area, Herb attended local schools and graduated from Talmage High School. He was a World War II naval veteran having served in the Pacific Theater. on March 6, 1944, Herb married Doris Steffen. Most of their married life was spent in Abilene. He had been employed by the state of Kansas as an engineer in road and bridge construction. Doris preceded him in death June 17, 1997. On may 23, 1998, he married Letha Nelson. All of their married life was spent in Abilene. She preceded him in death July 10 2010. Herb enjoyed K.U. basketball, woodworking, golf and fishing. He was also preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Lorna Owen; a brother Dale Koelling and a step daughter Beth Veltman.
Herb is survived by: four daughters, Sandy Elliott of Abilene; Judy Wolf of Wichita; Donna Blaylock of Canton; Shirley Koelling of Wichita; son Butch Koeling of Wichita; two sisters, Vivian Detrich of Abilene and Alice Kingston of Atchison; two brothers, Alfred Koelling of Abilene and Butch Koelling of Olathe; two step daughters, Denise Pierson of Hanover; Jeannine Baughman of Salina; two step sons; Danny Nelson of Junction City; Stewart Nelson of Enterprise and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grand children and great-great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, March 2nd, at the Danner Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Mathis officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Abilene Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hospice of Dickinson County. They may be left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.