EUREKA— Morris "Morrie" Koehler, 66, of Eureka, died at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala.
Born April 21, 1946, in Streator to Theodore and Mabel Turner Koehler, he married Joy Moreland July 2, 1965, in Eureka. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Barry (Jennifer) Koehler of Bloomington; one daughter, Wendy (Joseph) Lange of Glen Carbon; five grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Giebelhausen of East Peoria, and Betty (Robert) Oltman of Roanoke; one brother, Ted (Sharon) Koehler of San Antonio, Texas; and one sister-in-law, Marie Koehler of Benson.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brian Koehler; and one brother, Don Koehler.
Morrie was employed by Caterpillar Inc. for 42 years. While working there, he and seven colleagues developed a new machine design which earned two United States patents.
Morrie was a member and former president of the Eureka Sportsmen's Club. He belonged to the Eureka Jaycees, where he received the award for Jaycee of the Year at the age of 21.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. The Rev. Duane Ambrose will officiate. Visitation was Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at Ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.