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Lyle E. Koehlmoos

September 24, 1936 — July 6, 2023



Lyle E. Koehlmoos

Paullina, Iowa

            Funeral services for Lyle E. Koehlmoos, age 86, of Paullina who passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2023, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus.  His funeral service will be 10:30 A.M. on Monday, July 10, 2023, at St. John Lutheran Church in Germantown with Pastor Donald Meyer, officiating.

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            Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Germantown.

            Visitation with family present will be from 2 – 4 P.M. on Sunday, July 9, 2023, at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

             In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church Lord's Acre Fund or Orange City Home Health and Hospice.







September 24, 1936

Caledonia Township, O’Brien County, Iowa


July 6, 2023

Marcus, Iowa



10:30 A.M. Monday, July 10, 2023

St. John Lutheran Church; Germantown, Iowa

Rev. Donald Meyer ~ Officiating



“In The Garden”

Sung by:  Fred Schuknecht


“The Old Rugged Cross”

“I’m But A Stranger Here”

“Abide With Me”

Organist:  Helen Schettler



David Koehlmoos                Douglas Koehlmoos

Duane Koehlmoos                    Keith Koehlmoos

Jeremy Koehlmoos             Andrew Koehlmoos

Eric Koehlmoos                               Gary Koester

Michael Koester



St. John Lutheran Cemetery

Germantown, Iowa


After today’s graveside service, relatives and friends are invited

to join the family in the fellowship hall of Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina.


Arrangements are under the care of the

Eldridge Family Funeral Home; Paullina, Iowa.

Lyle Edward Koehlmoos was born September 24, 1936  to Henry and Ida Richter Koehlmoos in rural Granville, Iowa. He enjoyed growing up with siblings and nearby relatives in the close-knit community west of Germantown. He attended St. John’s School in Germantown through 8th grade and graduated from Paullina High School in 1954. On June 12, 1955, he married Jeanette Ann Ruby from Gaza, Iowa. They continued living on the family farm that his dad began farming in 1915 where they raised their family. In 1976, they invited an exchange student from Australia into their family, Joanne Isaacson whom they visited twice.


Lyle was baptized, confirmed and married in St. John's Lutheran Church in Germantown, Iowa where he was a faithful member serving as trustee, elder, and choir member for over 40 years. His many other loves included life on the farm, John Deere tractors and collecting toy tractors, music, concertina music, old time dancing, and traveling.  Even with a busy farm life, he made time to attend his children and grandchildren’s events. Lyle loved playing cards at family get-togethers and gave his family memories of annual trips that often included visits to other relatives. Lyle enjoyed talking with people, and in a room full of strangers, he would often find a connection to relatives, church, or  Paullina.  He loved his squeeze box and entertained at many area nursing homes and events. 


On June 14, 2009, 2 days after their 54th anniversary, Jeanette passed away suddenly.  On July 16, 2010, Lyle married a friend and classmate from high school, Muriel Puhrmann Penning of LeMars. Together, they continued to live on the farm until moving into Paullina in 2019.  Lyle and Muriel enjoyed bus trips, attended family events, visited family and friends, and cherished their time together.


Lyle’s Heavenly Father took his hand and led him home on July 6, 2023 from Marcus, Iowa reaching the age of 86 years, 9 months, and 12 days.


Lyle will be missed by his wife Muriel; children, grandchildren, and their families Peg and Gary Koester of Paullina–Brandi and Tim Sestak of Lincoln, NE and Anders; Jennifer Wall of Sioux City and Tyson; Michael Koester of Spencer; Dave and Renee Koehlmoos of Paullina–Jessica Burley and friend Trent Youngstrom of Sheldon and Haylee and Hannah Martin, Kaylee, Kane, and Aubrey Youngstrom; Jeremy Koehlmoos of Paullina; Doug and Lisa Koehlmoos of Granville–Andrew and Ashton Koehlmoos on the family farm and Oliver and Mason; Eric Koehlmoos of Sioux Center; Duane Koehlmoos of Nebraska City, NE; and Keith Koehlmoos of Minneapolis, MN; his Australian family, Joanne, Graeme, Bradley, and Gregory and Nicole, William, and Jasmine Isaacson; and Brandon Puhrmann who called him Grandpa; step-children Vicky Mulder of Marcus; Lowell and Pat Penning, Lon and Jeanine Penning, Leon and Cary Penning, Christy and Cris Collins, and Stacy and Mike Hoffman all of LeMars; 14 step-grand children, 19 step-great grand children; his sisters-in-law Betty Koehlmoos of Sanborn, Iowa  and Nancy Nagel of Hartley, Iowa; and many nephews and nieces.


Welcoming Lyle to Heaven are his wife Jeanette, his parents, infant daughter, his sisters, brothers, and in-laws Luella and Otto Daum, Eleanora and Henry Jalas, Burnell and Clara Koehlmoos and Elwood Koehlmoos; grandson Christopher Koehlmoos; in-laws Catherine and Clarence Menke, Dorothy and Willard Brown, Elmer Nagel, John and Carol Ruby; step-sister-in-law Arlys Johannsen and step-son-in-law Myron Mulder.

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Service Schedule

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Sunday, July 9, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Eldridge Family Funeral Home - Paullina

217 East Logan Street, Paullina, IA 51046

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Monday, July 10, 2023

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