Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Louis Koehr

Rev. Louis A. Koehr, age 90, of Belleville, died Friday,
November 2, 2018 at Freeburg Care Center.

He was born September 18, 1928 in Belleville, a son of the late
Louis H. and Cordellia I., nee Wolfersberger, Koehr.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
sister, Rita Etling and her husband Millard; and a nephew, Craig Etling.

Surviving are his brother, Vincent A. (Judy) Koehr of Lake St.
Louis, MO; nephews and nieces, Millard (Michelle) Etling of Emerson, GA, Lynn
(Dan) Margiotta of Belleville, Curt (Heidi) Etling of Freeburg, Keith (Karen)
Etling of Freeburg, Jean (Kevin) Schoenborn of Freeburg, Jon Etling of Fairview
Heights, Kay (John) Polites of Richmond, TX, Julie (Greg) Veneziale of Dallas,
GA, Neil (Saskia) Etling of Santa Clara, CA, Tianne Isenhower of St. Louis, and
David (Cindie Shulman-Koehr) Koehr of St. Louis; and numerous great-nephews,
great-nieces, and cousins.

Fr. Lou attended St. Henry’s Seminary in Belleville from
1942-1948 and St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN
from 1948-1950. Fr. Lou then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served
as the Assistant Chaplain from 1951-1955. After his discharge from the United
States Air Force, he taught at Lafayette School in south St. Louis from
1956-1982, and from 1984-1987 he attended Sacred Heart Seminary and School of
Theology in Hales Corner, WI. Rev. Louis A. Koehr served as a Deacon for the
Diocese of Belleville from the early 1980’s until he was ordained into the
priesthood on June 6, 1987 at St. Peter Cathedral by the Most Reverend James P.

Rev. Koehr served as the pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church in
Mound City, Our Lady of Fatima in Ullin, and St. Catherine Catholic Church in
Grand Chain from 1987-1989, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lively Grove and St.
Anthony Catholic Church in Coulterville from 1989-1990, St. Mary Catholic
Church in Sesser from 1990-1999, and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers and
St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville from 1999 until his retirement in
2003. During his retirement, Fr. Lou assisted many parishes whenever he could.

“Anyone whom I may have hurt, I ask forgiveness.”