Howard Koehoorn

Date of Death: Aug 09, 2020
Howard Koehoorn

1940 - 2020

Howard Allen Koehoorn, 80, of Waupun, passed away the morning of August 9, 2020, at ThedaCare in Neenah, with the love of his family surrounding him.

Howard was born on May 18, 1940, the only child of Trinus and Marie (Looman) Koehoorn. Howard graduated from Waupun High School in 1958. After various jobs, he joined the U.S. Army branch of the military and served in Hawaii…where his distaste for chicken began. On December 4, 1965, he married Sue Luttenberger at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun where he remained an active member, serving as an usher, council member, and chairman of the property committee. The couple lived in Waupun their entire lives. Howard worked at Mercury Marine as an instructor in the Service Repair Department for eight years. He then worked for C.C. Linck Inc. where he drove a gravel truck and moved large equipment. Howard always got to drive the new dump trucks because he took such good care of them, even washing them in his own driveway. When he retired in 2002, they also retired his favorite truck, #144. Howard’s hobbies included bowling with his buddies at Tulip Lanes, playing cards and games, and restoring cars at Larry Southard’s Automotive for himself and others. He loved camping with family and friends and going to Texas in the winters with Sue, making lots of friends along the way. Howard could be found around Waupun most days drinking coffee and chatting. You could also find him solving puzzles on Wheel of Fortune, watching the Weather Channel, or wandering with his weather radio.

Howard loved spending time with his wife of 54 years, Sue; his children: Pam (Brad) Young, Kaye (Ben Overlien) Koehoorn, Jeff (Bridget) Koehoorn and Lisa (Matt) Bochnowski; 17 grandchildren: Justine (Austin Ehlenfeldt) Koehoorn, Justin (Heidi) Cottingham, Chasity (Joey) Underwood, Jody (Cyndel) Cottingham, Tanner (Mallory) Cottingham, Courtney, Tristin, KayLeigh, Journee, Jaden, Emilee, Jonathan, Harmony, and Willow Koehoorn, Leandra (Brandon) Waldschmidt, Linden (Brooke Martin) Young, and Will Bochnowski; 10 great-grandchildren and 2 more on the way: Parker, Aubrey, Cora, Zoey, Riley, Paisley, Judah, Taya, Raylan, and Brennan. He is further survived by his brother-in-laws, Richard (Louise) Luttenberger and Ron Carson, sister-in-law, Gerry Luttenberger, and many nieces and nephews.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents and other extended family members.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday, August 13, at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m.


Private family services for Howard will be held and shared virtually for other family and friends who loved him to view.

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  1. jerzy vant hoff Says: August 11, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. Howard was like a second dad to me like many others I’m sure.
    My favorite memory was when my dad, Howard and Jeff went deer hunting by his sister inlaws family cabin. Bar for supper..almost got us to eat rocky mountain oysters.
    Early to bed up at 3 to get in the woods jeff and I had video games hahaha. By 8 am we were in the resturant for breakfast. And the same for lunch and supper. No deer great memories and awesome food. Rest in piece Howard have an old fashion with Pa he is waiting.

  2. Howard was a true quiet giant. He appeared in my life at 8 or 9 years old, when Aunt Sue and he were dating. Sue was our sometimes babysitter which ruled with an iron fist on those nights my parents went out on the town. Howard always took to us kids, and always had willingness to make everyone’s life a bit more fun. He loved helping others, talking, a frothy German beer, hard work, fast cars (preferably with a four barrel carburetor and a loud muffler). If you were in Howard’s favor, you had a friend for life. I challenge anyone reading this to mention Howard’s name and NOT crack a smile. He embodied everything that was good from the greatest generation.

    Howard had it figured out early in life. Marry a loving wife from a solid family, raise some great kids, treat everyone as equals, stay loyal, and pass it on. Howard on is 40th birthday was dancing in their living room during the era when Romy Gosz held Polka court once a week on TV. Howard said during his fleet footed performance – “I don’t feel 40, look at this!”. Yet, another dance ensued. Sue was looking a bit haggard, but no matter. The night was young.

    Each of us were privileged to share in Howard’s life dance. And what a dance it was. Vicky and I send our deepest condolences to the extended family.

    Brian and Vicky

  3. Lisa and family. Our deepest condolences for the loss of your dad. Our prayers are with you. May he Rest In Peace ??

  4. Carrie L Maginot Says: August 11, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Lisa and family. Our deepest condolences for the loss of your dad. Our prayers are with you. May he Rest In Peace ??

  5. I love you, Dad!

  6. Haitham Ayoub and Family Says: August 11, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the whole family on your great loss. May His memory be eternal and may His Soul reside In heaven with the Righteous and Saints

  7. Wendy Carson Says: August 12, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I will miss my Uncle Howard so much. Such a wonderful caring man. I have so many memories of him and all he meant to so many people. Such a good man that heaven had to claim him a little early. He was and will always be loved 🙂

  8. Jerry Krueger Says: August 12, 2020 at 7:48 am

    My sincere condolences to the family. I enjoyed Howards sense of humor and happy go lucky style as a neighbor for many years! May the Lord bless you with great memories in your loss.

  9. Dave and Gloria Rens Says: August 12, 2020 at 11:48 am

    He was a great guy would give his shirt off his back. Always willing to help a neighbor out so many memories of that great neighborhood.We won’t forget thoughts and prayers for the whole family.

  10. Paul Rekowski Says: August 12, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    My condolences Sue & family so hard to believe and so glad we got to see you in Wautoma,camping of course.
    Every time I make omlette’s I have to laugh.

  11. Phil Buteyn Says: August 13, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Sue, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. I could tell by the video that he was a terrific husband and family man. I’m sure he’ll be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  12. Gary and Barb Klawitter Says: August 13, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    You have our heartfelt sympathy. Thinking of you, Pam.

  13. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: August 17, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Sue, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  14. Lois Johnson Says: August 17, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Sue and family,
    God be with you and family as you walk through your grief. Howard was a sweet gentle giant. We’ll miss him at Trophy Gardens and playing fast track. Sending love and prayerful thoughts. Beautiful obituary of his love and life.
    Karl and Lois Johnson

  15. Carol &Ralph Ahlstrand Says: August 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    An absolutely beautiful tribute to Howard. Sue we were so saddened to hear of Howard’s passing. He will be missed at Trophy Gardens. Our sincere condolences to you and all of your family. Our prayers are with you.??

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