Galen Ray Koehn Sr., 94, a retired Newton businessman, passed away Sunday (Oct. 25, 2009) at Kidron Bethel Care Center in North Newton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room at Kidron Bethel in North Newton.


A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel College Mennonite Church.


Galen Roy Koehn Sr., 94, a retired Newton businessman, passed away Sunday (Oct. 25, 2009) at Kidron Bethel Care Center in North Newton.

He was born on May 2, 1915, in Pawnee Rock to Lawrence and Martha (Schultz) Koehn. He graduated from Bethel College in 1938 and received a degree in industrial technology. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a midshipman in the South Pacific.

He married Martha Wiens on May 30, 1941, at the Bethel College Chapel. They recently celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Before retiring, he owned and managed the Home Appliance and Furniture Co. in Newton for 30 years. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid supporter of Bethel College athletics. He was an active volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and received several awards for his service. He was a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church, Kiwanis Club and Newton City Council.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Koehn; sons, Roy and Paulette Koehn of Gaithersburg, Md., and Larry and Mary Koehn of North Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter, Wendy and David Jones of Des Moines, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Diana McCauley Koehn of Silver Springs, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and sister, Leona Clithero of Newton.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Martha Koehn; son, Kenneth Koehn; and brother, Earl Koehn. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room at Kidron Bethel in North Newton.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or Bethel College Mennonite Church. Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.