William Henry Koehler

November 22, 1932June 3, 2018
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William H. “Bill” Koehler, age 85, a resident of Falls Church, VA for 47 years, died Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 49 years, Mildred; nephew, David Koehler, niece, Karen Koehler; sister-in-law; Elaine Koehler, sister-in-law Guelda Skaggs, brothers-in law Grady Terry, Carl (Nellie) Terry, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends that will cherish their memories of Bill.

Bill was born in Englewood, NJ in 1932 to William and Louisa Koehler and was raised in Ft. Lee, NJ. He graduated from Ft. Lee High School and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where he was Air Force ROTC and received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Bill was commissioned in September 1953 and served in South Korea as an Air Police Officer. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in September 1955 and recruited for the Central Intelligence Agency to provide security for the U2 program in Germany. Bill had a long and distinguished career with the CIA, attaining the rank of Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) – 2, eventually retiring in 1990.

While employed with the CIA, Bill met Mildred “Millie” Terry who was also employed with the CIA. They were married in 1969 and enjoyed travelling together, gardening, winemaking, and spending time with relatives and friends.

In retirement, Bill and Millie became involved in several volunteer activities. For 25 years they volunteered for the Virginia State Arboretum (FOSA), and worked for “Save the Bay” Oyster Foundation to help restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. They were also life members of Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and Meals on Wheels volunteers for many years. In addition, Bill and Millie were members of Signa (Office of Security Retirement Association) where they wrote, edited, and photographed for the newsletter. Bill also provided tax assistance to AARP members in need for 10 years.

Bill was known for his great generosity, and was a philanthropist extraordinaire for family and organizations. Bill had a great love for people and conversation. He had a quick wit and was a great storyteller. He was a devoted husband, loving uncle, brother, cousin, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A gathering takes place from 12:00 – 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 16 at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad St., Falls Church, VA. A memorial service follows the gathering at 2:00 PM. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to the Signa Society, P.O. Box 220031, Chantilly, VA 20153-0031, or Friends of the State Arboretum (FOSA) 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

William Henry Koehler

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George Terry

June 12, 2018

I'll always remember Uncle Bill's quick wit and sense of humor. I particularly remember the time, after Uncle Carl and Aunt Lorna's wedding, that Uncle Bill spiked the punch at the reception at Grandma Terry's home. As I remember, Grandma Terry was "not amused" to say the least, but we all thought it was quite funny. Uncle Bill and Aunt Millie were always quite generous and would never let us come back to Texas without loading us up with either produce from their garden, or bottles of wine they had bottled, which we shared with Virginia and Bill Campbell. Mildred, we want you to know how much we love you and Uncle Bill, and will continue to think of you and lift you up in our prayers.

Your loving nephew,
George & Dianne Terry

Bonnie Goard

June 11, 2018

Aunt Millie,
I was so saddened to learn of Uncle Bill's death. Not because of the end of his suffering (that is a good thing), but to realize how sad and lonely you would feel. Losing the love of your life is a very hard and difficult thing. Take the time to grieve. But also rejoice in the memory of good times you shared, your love for each other, and knowing that he is no longer in pain. My love and prayers are with you. I have many good memories of Uncle Bill (and you), and will remember him with warm affection.





Bill with his mother "Liz"


Bill with his little Scottie dog toy


Bill with his Grandma Koehler


The Koehler family - Grandpa, Grandma, Mother, Father, and Bill


Bill and Jim with Grandparents


Grandpa, father, and son


Billy in his back yard