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KOEHLE, Robert (Bob)

KOEHLE, Robert (Bob)

Robert (Bob) Koehle. September 28, 1929 – December 15, 2021.

Although not a big man in stature, Bob’s life of integrity, absolute determination, and commitment to work and family, created a huge legacy and touched the lives of many. Known to his family and childhood friends as “Brown Bear”, Bob was a gifted athlete and excelled in hockey and baseball as a boy and young man in Trail and Nelson.

Early in his career as a heavy duty mechanic, Bob gained a reputation for excellent work and was much in demand in his field. In his work, as in his life, he always finished what he started! He became Okanagan College’s first instructor of Heavy Duty Mechanics when it opened its doors in Kelowna in 1963. Over the years, Bob influenced the lives and careers of hundreds of students. He was the first OC employee to ever reach 25 years of service and was recognized as one of the “50 people who made a difference” during the College’s 50 th Anniversary celebrations in 2013.

Bob was predeceased by his 3 brothers and by the love of his life and wife of nearly 7 decades, Rosina. He was the steady central pillar of the family that they built together and leaves behind four very proud children: Judy (David Bifford), Alan (Cathy), Don (Karin), and Steve (Melissa). Together, Bob and Rosina enjoyed many years in their cozy home and their connections with their neighbours. Camping trips (often with family), swims at their favourite beaches, and international travel were highlights of their retirement years.

In addition to his exceptional career, Bob’s true legacy lives on in the form of his 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom admired, loved, and revered him. They will remember him for his caring ways, his “briefness” on the phone, and for his dedication to their beloved “Grandma”. Although he was known to be reluctant to part with a dollar, Bob was generous of spirit and always ready to help and support family and friends. He will also be remembered by many as a jokester and a ruthless card player!

“Love ya, love ya, love ya Granddad!”


Condolence Messages
  • Jan 17, 2022
    Condolences to the Koehle families. On a personal note, I considered the Koehle and Bifford families as my extended family. I was very privileged to have been included in their Christmas celebrations. I would also run into Bob around town through my job and we'd always chat and laugh. My one regret is that I did not convince him to dump the Leafs and come over to the Habs. Awesome man. We will miss you. RIP and hugs to Rosina from us. Love always, Fish and Francine
  • Jan 09, 2022
    Condolences to Bob's family. I was privileged to be taught by Bob. John Bachelder.
  • Jan 04, 2022
    Don and Karin , so sorry to hear of the loss of Don's father .Sending sincere condolences to all the family , Jim and Marion Pettis
  • Jan 01, 2022
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My condolences to your family. Still remember rearranging the living room when I visited from across the park. Such a great man. Miss them both. Tim Schneider
  • Jan 01, 2022
    Condolences to all the family and friends we know he will be missed by all. Hugs Virginia and Jerry Blaskovits
  • Dec 31, 2021
    So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was truly a great man. We have many fond memories of Bob and Rosina. Our deepest sympathy.
    Kaye, Anita, Rob and Tim Schneider
  • Dec 30, 2021
    Growing up in Nelson, I have great memories of “Brown Bear” & the Koehle Brothers Red, Fritz & Gerry as fabulous hockey & baseball players! He certainly made a big impact at Okanagan College with his students! Cherish your memories & special moments you’ve shared over the years with both your dad & your mom! All the best to all the family in 2022 .
    Bernie Monteleone
  • Dec 30, 2021
    To the Koehle family I am so sorry you have lost your dad and grandad. Bob was such a nice guy, with always a smile. It was so nice knowing him here at Northwood.
    Bev Ivans
  • Dec 30, 2021
    Judy and Allan, and the Koehle family Our Condolences of your loss, hope to see you in the new year .
    All the best ,
    Sue and Peter Turgoose
  • Dec 30, 2021
    To Al and the Koehle family , your father was one of those people that you never forget . He was the best baseball coach I ever had and I will always remember his smiling face . My condolence to the family . Gerry Feist
  • Dec 30, 2021
    Bob is definitely one of my fondest memories of working at Northwood. Such a kind and fun man with just a little bit of cheeky. It was easy to see the kind of man he was by the way his kids loved him and treated him. My sincerest condolences to each of you. I know you will miss him but I am sure your beautiful memories will cause you to smile and laugh as you reminisce together.
    Jeannie Rodgers
  • Dec 30, 2021
    AI sorry to hear of the passing of such a nice gentleman. He will be missed by all. Your old friend, Don Favell.
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Sorry to learn of Bob's passing he was a true gentleman. My condolences to his family. Whenever I ran into him about town he would always ask to show him ten fingers. He was an inspiration to me as a student.
    Rob Bennett
  • Dec 29, 2021
    TO THE KOEHLE FAMILY, SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. MR.KOEHLE WAS THE BEST BASEBALL COACH I EVER HAD. ALWAYS ENCOURAGING AND BUILDING MY CONFIDENCE IN MYSELF. I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF PLAYING BALL WITH ALAN,DON,AND STEVE WITH YOUR DAD AS COACH.
    BARRY OLIVER
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Condolences to the Koehle family. Bob was a pleasure to work with and always a great source of knowledge for the younger trades instructors at Okanagan College. I admired how he would stand up for what he believed in even if it went against the current trend of the day. He was a true gentleman and I’m proud to have known him. Rest In Peace Bob. Go Leafs Go!
    Chris Burns
  • Dec 29, 2021
    So sorry to hear of Mr. Koehle's passing. What a fun gentleman to have had the privilege & pleasure to know . May you all find comfort in your memories. Valerie Hutchinson.
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Condolences to the Koehle family. Cherish the happy memories. Jim Oakes
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Bob was a colleague, advisor and a dear friend.
    My condolences to his family.
    Gwen Petersen
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