Edward “Buddy” Koehrn II of Plainwell, MI passed away peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at his home in Plainwell.
He was born November 20, 1949 in Beech Grove, Indiana, the son of Edward and Barbara (Robinson) Koehrn. From a young age, Buddy loved anything that ran on gasoline! To his very core he was an avid Street Rodder and enjoyed traveling to thousands of car shows with his friends. As a matter of fact, his daily “uniform” featured a car show t-shirt and jeans. It was rare to see him in anything else. One of his greatest joys was being fortunate to own many different street rods throughout his lifetime. He had an impressive knowledge of all things related to cars. A passion that Buddy developed later in life was hunting for and acquiring vintage gas pumps and antique gas pump globes, as well as finding a good deal on regular items at garage and estate sales with his wife by his side. He was incredibly proud of his vast collection. Buddy also loved spending time with his family, friends, and his toy poodles.
To know Buddy Koehrn was to understand the quote, “He never met a stranger. Every person in the world, to him, was just a friend he hadn’t met yet. He always saw the good in people.” The man could talk! On July 31, 1999 at a Fort Wayne, Indiana car show he married Denise “Annie” Wallace who survives.
Also surviving are his children, Jason (Christine) Koehrn of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Kelly (Michael) Williams of Portage, Shane (Becky) Schmitt of Otsego and Morgan Anne Koehrn of Plainwell; 6 grandchildren, Spencer, Sydney, Michael Drake, Hayden, Mya and Owen; sister, Cynthia (WC) Chambers of Greenwood, Indiana along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Connie Koehrn, and daughter, Stacey Schmitt.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place.
Friends may visit with Buddy’s family from 12-3 PM, Sunday, April 24, 2022 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.
Contributions in memory of Buddy may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
I first met Buddy when he was at our garage sale on B Ave and he started talking about…the gas pump in my garage. Always a nice guy to catch up with at the cruise in’s. I’m gonna miss that.
Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal
Annie, Morgan, Shane, Becky , Mya and Owen— my deepest sympathy to each of you. I only meant Buddy a couple times , but he was so very nice. May God’s Almighty Grace be with each of you.
So sad to here about Buddy he was a true street rod fan , I met Buddy years ago we were both interested in hot rods.
My sympathies to the family he will be missed.
Rest In Peace old friend.,
Tracie & Laynie Harris
So sorry for your loss Kelly. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Your Dad sure was a character, he will be missed by so many.
I knew Buddy for a long time. He loved by me. He was the nicest man I’ve ever met. Condolences go out to his family. I hope all the angels greet you. Love you buddy.
Bill and Sheila Johnson
Annie I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill and I will miss his smiling face at the car shows.
I am so sorry to hear about Buddy. You two together were the Perfect Couple. My thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family.
Sorry to hear of such a sweet man’s passing, he will surely leave an empty place in all your hearts, just keep close to God, and remember how much we love you Annie and your family. Buddy will not be forgotten. Our love, Sandy and Dave
Karen Kelly Earle
Buddy was one of a kind. Never met a stranger. I’ve known him since I was 16. Lots of great times and also the man who made me an aunt to Jason and Kelly. My thought and prayers are with all. I loved him as a brother and the world has lost a great one but heaven has gained an angel.
Denise I am sorry for your loss. Love to you dear. Sally Thaxton