OBITUARY

George C. Koeninger

December 14, 1933September 4, 2018
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George Clarence Koeninger, 84, of Rockford, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born December 14, 1933 in Tomah, WI son of Clarence and Augusta “Gusty” Koeninger. Graduated from Tomah High School. Veteran of the United States Air Force having served two terms during the Korean War. Residing in the Rockford area for the last 60 years coming from Wisconsin. Employed by Cotta Transmission as an Inspector for 40 years retiring in 1995. Member of the Lutheran Faith having attended various church’s in the Rockford area. United in marriage to Mary Hensley on October 4, 1992 in the Winnebago Courthouse. Member of the Moose Club and the VFW Club. George had a fondness for camping and being outside. Loved going to the Casinos and playing slot machines and Bingo. Loved listening to country western music.

Survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Mary; sons from his first marriage, Dan (Joan) Koeninger, Ralph (Robyn) Koeninger, Steve (Tracy) Koeninger; Mary’s children, Tony (Jackie) Shields, Tom (Sarah) Shields, Bobby (Angela) Bowersock, Dixie Hackler, Patricia Duncan; grandchildren Joe (Melissa Harding) Koeninger, David (Linsey) Dailing, Angela Koeninger (Rob Dahlmeier), Kaitlynn Koeninger (Jacob Hargraves), Jeremy Bowers, Tanya Shelton; great-grandchildren, Carter Dahlmeier, Connor Husolo, Madilyn Koeninger, Kadence Dailing, Logan Dailing, Jaxyn Dailing, Brianna Shelton, Jocina Shelton, Keena Shelton, soon to arrive: Lincoln Koeninger; brother, Gordon (Darlene) Koeninger several more grandchildren and great-grandchildren from Mary’s side of the family; nieces and nephews; special pets, Queeny and Baby. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Leonard (Iona) Koeninger.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Chaplain Mark Maxted will be officiating the service. Visitation at 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Burial will follow full Military Honors in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a condolence visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dan Koeninger
  • Ralph Koeninger
  • Steve Koeninger
  • Eddie Duncan
  • Joe Koeninger
  • David Dailing

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Saturday, September 8, 2018
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Danielle Winterland

September 9, 2018

Poppy I'm so sorry I didn't get to cone up to tell you goodbye before our Good Lord took you. Than not to be able to be up there.. It hurts my heart.. But I always want you to know that I love you so very much! You will be missed so badly.. You were such a wonderful man and I could not of ask for a better poppy.. I got to say this. I drink bush beer just like you. Wish I could if seen you smile but I did remember the memory and lots more.. I love you poppy, your granddaughter Danielle Rennee Winterland. You will always be in my heart. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Ed Duncan

September 8, 2018

Poppy I will miss you, because of you I am a better man than I would have been without you. I know this isn't goodbye, but more of a see you later. R.I.P Poppy, I hope I honored you the best I could on this day of yours

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Biography

“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for George C. Koeninger, it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

      George was born on December 14, 1933 at born at home in Oakdale, Wisconsin. He was the son of Clarence and Augusta "Gusty" Koeninger. Raised in Oakdale, Wisconsin, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, George was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, George was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if George was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, George also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. George was raised with two siblings. He had two brothers, Leonard and Gordan. George was constantly involved in activities with his family. George and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, George was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. George was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, George was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. George took part in a number of activities as a child. George's memorable achievements included.

      George enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. George was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. He often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, George was painstaking and accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. George enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Played in the High School Band.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for George. On October 4, 1992 George married Mary Hensley at Winnebago County Courthouse of Rockford, Illinois. He was totally committed to Mary and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if George naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although George disliked conflict, he did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      George was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, George was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. In addition, George was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. George was blessed with three children, three sons, Daniel, Ralph and Steve. After his marriage to Mary had gained her children: Tony, Tom, Bobby, Dixie and Patricia. Together they were blessed with several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

      If you gave George a deadline, he would meet it. At work, George was always on task. Without hesitation, George could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was Inspector. He was employed for 40 years at Cotta Transmission. During that time, George excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. George was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, George had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      George was an Air Force Veteran. He seemed to thrive on the routines offered up by the military. Being a literal thinker with a calm exterior helped him handle the rigors of the military. He was in the stationed in the Mediteranean. George saw action during the Korean War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Airman First Class. He received several awards including a National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

      George liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced George's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, George preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were Camping, playing Bingo and visiting Casinos to play the Slot machines. George was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with George had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Visiting Nashville, Tennessee to see Johnny Cash's car, Branson, Missouri, South Dakota and Arizonia.

       George was as loyal to his pets as they were to him. His Pitbull dog, Queeny and his cat, Baby were a big part of the family as well.

      When George's retirement finally arrived in 1995, he was well prepared. He had taken the time to learn about his various options and chose his course wisely. In retirement, he found new pleasure in Camping and Playing Slot Machines. Even in retirement, George continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      George passed away on September 4, 2018 in his home in Rockford, Illinois. Due to his Heart problems it made is hard for him to beat his skin and prostate cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Mary; sons from his first marriage, Dan (Joan) Koeninger, Ralph (Robyn) Koeninger, Steve (Tracy) Koeninger; Mary’s children, Tony (Jackie) Shields, Tom (Sarah) Shields, Bobby (Angela) Bowersock, Dixie Hackler, Patricia Duncan; grandchildren, Joe (Melissa Harding) Koeninger, David (Lindsey) Dailing, Angie Koeninger, Katie Koeninger, Angela Koeninger (Rob Dahlmeier), Kaitlynn Koeninger (Jacob Hargraves), Jeremy Bowers, Tanya Shelton; great-grandchildren, Carter Dahlmeier, Connor Husolo, Madilynn Koeninger, Kadence Dailing, Logan Dailing, Jaxyn Dailing, Brianna Shelton, Jocina Shelton, Keena Shelton, soon to arrive: Lincoln Koeninger; several more grandchildren and great-grandchildren from Mary’s side of the family; brother, Gordon (Darlene) Koeninger; nieces and nephews; special pets, Queeny and Baby. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home. George was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens following Military Honors in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. George was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. George was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. George Koeninger was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with George. He will be missed.