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Frederick Koehn, 74

Frederick William Koehn of Farmington died Sept. 19, 2008.

He was born Feb. 5, 1924, to Herman C. and Ida (Aradt) Koehn, Harbor Beach,

Mich. Baptized March 16, 1934 and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Harbor Beach, Mich.

He graduated June 7, 1942 from Harbor Beach High School, Harbor Beach, Mich.

World War II: 1942-1945, served 30 months in Army Air Force as an airplane mechanic, seven months in Europe. Graduated 1950 and 1955, University of Michigan with degrees in Forestry and Wood Technology.

Married June 18, 1955, Vera Olinda Uetrecht at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo. They were blessed with three sons, David, Paul and Charles.

Fred and Vera moved to Two Rivers, Wis., where Fred worked for Hamilton Manufacturing Co. for five years.

In 1960, after one year with Plywood Fab Services in Minneapolis, Minn., Fred began work with 3M Company and retired after 25 years of service.

He was a faithful member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Edina and served many years as trustee and took pleasure working as a handyman. His real hobby in retirement was refinishing old trunks. Fred was an avid supporter of Christian education and Concordia Seminary. His mission trips included three summers teaching VBS to Indian children in Canada and two trips to Russia.

Fred is survived by wife Vera; sons David (Sally), Paul (Lori Rene) and Charles (Gayla); grandchildren Bethany, Josiah, Daniel, Hannah, Julia, Ryan and Justin; sister, Gladys; and the family of Tsega Yemane of Ethiopia.

Funeral service was held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville on Sept. 23, 2008. Internment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.