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Koehn, Barney C. (1883-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Mar 3 p. 8

Birth date: 1883 Apr 11

text of obituary:


Barney C. Koehn, son of Cornelius and Katharine Koehn, was born on April 11, 1883, in Moundridge, Kan. His life here on earth came to a close on Jan. 8, 1966. He reached the age of 82 years, eight months and 28 days.

Barney moved to the Goltry, Okla. community with his parents in the summer of 1901. He moved to his own farm two miles east and one mile north of Goltry in 1918. After an illness in 1963, he made his home in the Pekrul Manor, Enid, Okla., where he lived until the day of his death.

In June 1906 he was baptized upon his profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and was admitted into the membership of the New Hopedale Mennonite Church of Meno, Okla. by John Ratzlaff. He was a member of the Meno church until the organization of the Zoar Mennonite Church of Goltry in 1908. He was a charter member of the Zoar Church and remained a member there until his death. He attended the Grace Mennonite Church of Enid while he lived at Pekrul Manor.

Barney was loved by all who knew him. His quiet expression of faith was a living example of Christ. He gave more of himself to the lives of those he touched than he took, and he was thankful for any kindness shown to him. Some of his happiest moments were spent in Christian fellowship with his family and friends.

On Jan. 17, 1937, he was united in marriage to Mary Unruh by Rev. H. N. Harder in Enid, Okla. His wife, Mary, preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 1959. Although he had no children of his own, his contact with children brought him joy and happiness, and those who knew him called him "Uncle Barney."

He leaves to mourn his departure two brothers, Isaac Koehn of Meno and Frank Koehn of Carengie; five sisters, Mrs. Jacob (Anna) Schmidt of Cherokee, Mrs. Carrie Pekrul of Ringwood, Mrs. Lena Jantz of Meno, Mrs. William (Julia) Boehs of Goltry, Mrs. Irvin (Ida) Unruh of Meno, and several nieces and nephews.

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