Edwin A. "Ed" Koehn

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Edwin “Ed” Arnold Koehn, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Central City, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at his home, at the age of 91. Visitation was May 25, at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Marion. A funeral service was on May 26, at the funeral home. Family friend Jim Groff officiated. Burial followed at Eastside Elkader Cemetery in Elkader, with full military honors by the Central City American Legion Post #421. In accordance with Ed’s wishes, guests were encouraged to dress casually, most importantly to not wear a tie.


Ed was born in rural Clayton County on Aug. 21, 1930, to William C F and Rose (Behrens) Koehn. He graduated from Elkader Central in 1949, and then honorably served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Ed married Donna Whitley on July 26, 1955, in Elkader. Ed and Donna continued their life in California, where he became a deputy sheriff for Marin County. They moved back to Iowa in 1968, and created a life together in Central City. Ed continued to work very hard to support his beloved family by working construction and maintenance jobs. Ed had many hobbies, including wood working, deer hunting and, most of all, fishing.


Left to cherish his memory are his children, Rosalyn (Ken) Pillard of Ryan, Roger (Janis) Koehn of Cape Fair, Mo., and Russell (Katie) Koehn of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Kyle (Kristi) Pillard, Kali (Jed) Meeker, Kyann (Mark) Banghart, Cody Koehn and Samantha (Matt) Lukemyres; eight great-grandchildren, which were his pride and joy, Ethan, Kora, Kyson, Jamison, Kensington, Kallen, Hadley and Brae; special friends, Annamae Baker and her children Lynette (Dave) Koffron and Mark (Deanna) Rodman; and a host of extended family members, including in-laws and many nieces and nephews.


Ed was preceded in death by his parents; wife; six brothers, Ray, Alvin, Bill, Milford, Dick and Leo Koehn; and three sisters, Eileen Kuhse, Evelyn Clark and Rose Lavon Matuska. 


Memorials in Ed’s memory may be made to Iowa Honor Flight, Central City American Legion Post #421 or Mt. Vernon/Lisbon Ambulance Service.


Please share a memory of Ed at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

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