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Edward O. Koegel

December 30, 2020 | 2 comments

Edward O. Koegel Sr., 99, of Onalaska, WI passed away peacefully on December 30, 2020 at the home of his son and daughter-in-law on Brice Prairie.

“Bud” was born on the home farm near Bagdad, Florida October 21, 1921 to Arthur and Hildegard (Klopfer) Koegel.  In 1929 the family returned to Chicago. Around 1936 Bud joined his older brother Rudy and father in the Koegel Coal Co, selling and delivering coal to area residents.

In May of 1954 he married Phyllis (Chris) Rodney and they had one son, Edward (Kelly) Koegel, Jr.  Chris passed away in 2018.

Following the unexpected death of his brother Rudy in 1947, his brother Art joined the company and from then on the “Koegel boys” ran Koegel Coal until 1974 when they closed the business and Bud and Chris started their 30+ years of wintering in Marco Island, Fl and returning to La Crescent, MN each summer.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife, parents and his siblings; Dorothy, Hildegard, Rudy, Margaret, and Arthur Jr.

Bud is survived by his son, Edward Jr. (Kelly) Koegel; his granddaughter, Alexandra Koegel of Fort Collins, Co; sister-in law, Betty Koegel; nieces, Janet (Mark) Hammer, Tina (Ron) Vesley and nephew, Art Koegel; special close friends, Joe Dickson and Rose Albright and his relief care givers Doris Minor and Karla Schoenfield.

Bud and Chris spent their last years living with Ed & Kelly who feel blessed to have had the chance to fulfill their parents’ wishes to remain at home.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in the Prairie Room at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska with a visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Pastor Lisa Shank will officiate.



  1. Steve and Linda

    Many happy memories of visiting with Bud at family gatherings. He always remembered details of everyone’s lives. Our deepest condolences Ed, Kelly and family.

  2. Rick Redfield

    I grew up with Ed in Illinois. We lived a couple of houses apart. We spent many happy times at Ed’s place with his parents, as well as visiting his dad’s business when we were young.

    We fondly remember both of Ed’s parents with many great memories of days gone by. They were so fortunate to be cared for in their final days at home with Ed and Kelly.

    Our heartfelt sympathies go out the family.


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