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James Koehler

Obituary of James Richard Koehler

Jim Koehler, or Captain K aka Murdock was a professional walleye fisherman who spent the summers trolling Lake Erie with his family and friends. He will be remembered as man with a great sense of humor and always knew how to make people laugh with his one-liners and dad jokes. He was also known for his strength, never wanting to give up despite life's challenges. Jim worked as a lineman for Niagara Mohawk for many years and retired in 1997. Born April 7, 1952, Jim was raised among five other siblings by Richard "Dick" and Joan "Joanie" Koehler. With Dick working long hours driving tractor trailers, Jimmy needed to step up to the challenge and be a strong male influence in the family and help out raising his younger brother, Richie. Despite a thirteen-year age gap, Richie and Jimmy shared a special bond that carried strong until his passing. James was a Varsity Letterman at Frontier Class of 1970 and was offered a football scholarship by Former US Congressman and Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jack Kemp, but turned it down because his father was friends with Jack. Jim was a hard-worker who wanted to make his own way in life and not have to ride anyone's coattails to success. Jim married Joanne (Bonnes) Koehler in 1982 and welcomed the birth of his two children, Ryan in 1985 and Jenna in 1988. Ryan and Jenna loved going to their father's house in Derby on the weekends often venturing to Chadwick Bay where Jim kept his boat for many years. Many weekends were also spent hanging out with good friends at their cottage in Eagle Bay. Jimmy was a proud supporter of Jenna and Ryan's hobbies and sports teams they played on. He often enjoyed going to their games and taking Ryan on camping trips with the Boy Scouts. Condolences are extended to his long-time dearest friend, Linda "Lu Lu" Bohen, who was his "first mate" in life and also when it came to fishing Lake Erie. Jim always remembered his time with Linda and friends when they vacationed in the Keys and took their fishing to another level while fishing for Mahi Mahi in the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards, they would venture to downtown Key West to take in the wild nightlife. As a Charter Captain, Jim would fish tournaments and be recommended by his peers to host professional athletes from the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Indianapolis Indians and NASCAR stars around Lake Erie. A master of his craft, Jimmy fished professionally for many years during the 1990s and 2000s, winning tournaments and sharing the sport he loved with his family and friends. Many people can attest to the fact that Captain K taught them a thing or two about fishing. Later in life, Jimmy became a proud grandpa when Jenna and her husband Brandon welcomed two grandchildren, Brielle and Bryson to the family. They will remember their Grandpa as a playful and loving man, anyways doing something silly to get a laugh. Jimmy was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren and often boasted stories and screenshots of them to friends. He always had lollipops on hand to give to Brielle when he visited. Jim will be remembered for his great sense of humor, giving heart, ability to fix almost anything, and unwavering love for the water. He will be greatly missed. Koehler, James R. of Derby, NY passed July 12, 2021. Beloved son of Richard “Dick” and Joan Koehler; devoted father of Ryan Koehler and Jenna (Brandon) Akromas; loving grandfather Brielle and Bryson Akromas; caring brother of Richard (Tammy) Koehler, Linda (Robert) Jensen, Margaret (Jeff) Jess, Christine Koehler, and Carol Feeney; dear friend of Linda “Lou” Bohen; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Monday 7/19 4-7PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919. A Celebration of Life will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Jimmy Koehler Fund.” Online condolences can be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Monday
19
July

Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, July 19, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Monday
19
July

Celebration of Life

7:00 pm
Monday, July 19, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919