Koehler Funeral Home was founded in 1895. Over the years we have been dedicated to families we are privileged to serve. It is in this dedication and service that we annually recognize a community member for “Enduring Service”. This award may be obtained by any community member for their continued or enduring service. Teacher, clergy, Dr., nurse, hospice, coach, etc. The award comes with a certificate of acomplishment and contribution to the charity of the recipients choice.
2021 Enduring Service Award
Pastor Robert “Bob” Shofner of Boonville, Indiana has been selected as our Koehler Funeral Home, Enduring Service Award recipient. Pastor Bob has been the leader of St. John’s United Church of Christ Church in Boonville from September 2001 until his retirement this year after more than 20 years of service to the church and our community. Over the last 20 years Pastor Bob has brought a great deal of comfort and hope to countless families in our community. We recognize Pastor Bob for his service and friendship.
In addition to the Enduring Service Award Koehler Funeral Home made a donation to St. John’s United Church of Christ Church in his honor.
2020 Enduring Service Award
Joye Brown of Boonville, Indiana has been selected as our Koehler Funeral Home, Enduring Service Award recipient. Joye has been a life-long Warrick County resident and valued member of the Koehler Funeral Home family since 1997. For over 25 years she has been the secretary and constant presence at the funeral home.
She is a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, D.A.R., Order of the Easter Star, and many other civic organizations. Joye appreciates the outdoors and enjoys her flower garden and genealogy. She is the mother of son, Brian and three grandchildren, whom she loves spending time and traveling with.
We recognize Joye for her many years of service and recent retirement from her full-time position. Thank you for serving our community and for your lasting friendship and guidance.
In addition to the Enduring Service Award Koehler Funeral Home made a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Joye’s mother, Lorene Virginia Wood.
2019 Enduring Service Award
Evan Thayer and the Koehler Funeral Home team are honored to announce Rev. Dec. Thomas Lambert as the recipient of the 2019 Enduring Service Award. Koehler Funeral Home was founded in 1895 and over the years we have been dedicated to the families that we are privileged to serve. It is in this dedication and service that we recognize Rev. Dec. Thomas Lambert.
Aside from being a Deacon at St. Clement Catholic Church in Boonville, Indiana, Tom has spent many years serving the community as an EMT, a respiratory therapist and a Director of Cardio Pulmonary. He and his wife for 56 years, Phyllis, decided to settle down in Boonville as they believed it to be a wonderful place to raise their children.
He has been a member of St. Clement since 1976, and to this day still takes his part in helping operate their weekly soup kitchen for the public. Tom says that everyone is welcome to join for a good meal every Thursday from 5 P.M. until each person has been fed. He notes that it isn’t just the nutritional value that he wishes to nourish, but to fulfill everyone’s hearts as well. It is important that the community feels a sense of belonging, and Tom has dedicated his life to giving people that opportunity.
We are all blessed to have Tom as a member of our community and wish to honor him for all that he has done.
2018 Enduring Service Award
Evan Thayer and the Koehler Funeral Home team are proud to announce that Reverend Bill Tennyson is the recipient of the 2018 Enduring Service Award. Koehler Funeral Home was founded in 1895 and over the years we have been dedicated to families we are privileged to serve. It is in this dedication and service that we recognize Rev. Bill Tennyson.
Bill has been the pastor at Mt. Gilead General Baptist Church in Boonville IN since November 2015, he is a devoted family man and has been an asset to our community. Bill was raised in Boonville and attended Boonville High School, and then went on to Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was in the US Army National Guard during Desert Storm and has been married to his beautiful wife, Carolyn for almost 18 years. Bill along with his church have numerous outreach events planned with the next one being a movie night featuring “King’s Faith” on Sunday January 27th at 6 PM.
He is an example of how we all should serve each other by showing kindness and generosity to everyone. The way Bill quietly leads is inspiring and gently shares his faith as he interacts with everybody. He has conducted funeral services for families who are not connected to a specific ministry and is always helping behind the scenes by showing patience and compassion. Bill has assisted us serve many families over the years with genuine empathy and kind-heartedness.
We have the utmost respect and are blessed to have a dedicated man like Pastor Bill Tennyson among us!
2017 - Enduring Service Award
Evan G. Thayer, Owner of Koehler Funeral Home and Rev. William L. Carlisle
Reverend William L. Carlisle
Koehler Funeral Home was founded in 1895. Over the years we have been dedicated to families we are privileged to serve. It is in this dedication and service that we recognize Rev. William L. Carlisle.
Along his walk with the Lord, Rev. Carlisle founded Bread of Life Ministry in 1973 having now served over one million individuals in need of food and clothing. He has touched countless lives with his radio ministry. Rev. Carlisle has comforted many families with his message of hope and healing during the funeral of a loved one. His service to the community and Kingdom has impacted the lives of so many including ours.