July 30, 1932 ~ November 29, 2021

Born in: Queens, NY
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Ronald “Ron” Jeremiah Koehler, 89, of Fairview, died Monday, November 29, 2021 at CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Queens, NY, he was a son of the late Camille and Herbert Koehler. Ron was also preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Keller Koehler; a son, Stephen Koehler; a daughter, Karen Marie Koehler; and his eldest brother, Herbert Koehler.

Ron served 8 years in the US Air Force, following which he was a dedicated New York City police officer for 21 years.

He loved his family with all his heart and he would do anything for them. He and his wife Arlene relocated in 1984 to Fairview where he opened a uniform business serving all of our brave men and women in all departments of emergency services for 20 years. Most important to him was his service to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who reigns forever.

Ron taught the Bible in various Sunday school classes and Bible studies since he gave his life to Jesus and became a born again Christian in 1978.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Charlene Koehler of NY; two grandchildren, Sarah Koehler of FL and David Koehler of NY; a brother, Raymond Koehler of FL; and a number of nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 6, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden. From 7:00 PM till 8:00 PM, friends and Pastor Payne will be welcomed to share special thoughts.

A Committal Service will be held at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain.


Funeral Service: December 6, 2021 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Burial: December 7, 2021 12:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. A long time friend and a wonderful neighbor for many years in Sugar Hollow. Ron and I were always kidding each other about our “funny” accents. His was pure New York and mine was pure North Carolina. Ron told me many stories about his experience as a NYPD officer and the rich and famous that he met and dealt with. To witness the obstacles Ron had in his later years physically and losing the love of his life, Arlene, and his children and the way he dealt with these adversities without complaint was an inspiration to us all. Ron was always upbeat and asking about my family, even though he had been through so many tragedies on a personal level himself. I am a much better person for having known Ron and Arlene for many years. They both showed me so much concern when I lost my parents in 2005 and 2008. They were genuine. Ron will be greatly missed. It will not be the same in Sugar Hollow without his presence and seeing his Honda SRV at Food Lion and the Post Office in Fairview. Now, Ron, Arlene, Stephen and Karen are reunited forever. With deepest sympathy to Ron’s family and friends. Gerry Huntley. gerryh1947@yahoo.com

  2. Ronald was a close and loving friend to my brother Alfred Durante growing up in Richmond Hill, New York. My family loved Ronald and have many wonderful memories. I was ten years old and remember many wonderful times and memories of Ronald and his family! As a loving friend to Ronald in our Senior years; I loved him dearly and will never forget him. Ronald was a remarkable loving man to his family, friends and with Jesus! I thank God every day for giving us time in the past two years to renew our lifetime friendship! Ronald is at Peace in Heaven with Jesus and his Dear Family! Forever Loved!

  3. I am so sad to lose my sweet and good uncle and godfather. I have many fond memories of him. He was a wonderful musician and an outstanding athlete and a truly kind and giving man. I am proud to have been his niece. I hope he is finally at peace and reunited with his beloved wife and children.
    With love, Linda (Koehler) Propster


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