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MINNEAPOLIS—Gordon “Gordy” T. Koehler, 71, died Sunday, October 23, 2022 at the Minneapolis VA Hospice, with his wife by his side. There will be a military burial in the spring at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

He was born to Leo and Leone Koehler in Fairmont, Minn. Gordy attended Fairmont High School, graduated with the Class of 1969, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1985. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran with the 1st Cavalry (1969- 1971) who received a Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, an Army Commendation with V for Gallantry, an Air Medal for regular and frequent helicopter assaults and deeds of unique heroism, the Vietnam Service Medal with arrowhead and stars for combat air assaults and multiple campaigns, and the National Defense Service Medal for wartime service. He was an adventurer and enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles as well as skydiving and scuba diving. He was a qualified diver and obtained instructor, ice diving and rescue certifications and dived the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Blue Hole in Belize. He loved to travel and had been to Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Central America and several countries in Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. He married Penny Towner in 1992 and they both worked in real estate for many years. They had a hobby farm with horses, cats and dogs. After retiring in 2009, they moved to their vacation home and enjoyed lakeside living and several trips before his death. His wife, Penny Koehler, loved absolutely everything about him and died just eight days after Gordy. They had two cats and a dog. Gordy was a good soldier, a good husband, and a good man. Penny had requested that memorial contributions in Gordy’s honor be made to The Nature Conservancy or the Sierra Club.

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