Calvin Koenig, 90, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Middle Amana, passed from this life on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Northbrook Manor Care Center, in Cedar Rapids.
Calvin was born March 16, 1927, in Reedsburg, one of two sons to Gustav and Lydia (Kahl) Koenig. He was a 1945 graduate of Reedsburg High School in Reedsburg. Calvin was an army veteran of World War II. While he served with the United States Army, Calvin drove a truck and also played the saxophone in the 245th Army Ground Force Band throughout Italy. Following the war, Calvin later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville earning a bachelor’s degree in music education. He was employed with the Amana Community Schools, where he was the founding band and choir director, and also taught history.
On Oct. 22, 1960, Calvin was united in marriage to Arlene Claire Riedesel in Grand Mound, Iowa. To this union, three children and 10 grandchildren were born. Calvin also worked as a courier with Purolator until his retirement. During his retirement, Calvin worked at the Visitors and Convention Bureau as well as gave tours in Amana.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Amana Art Guild, and the Circus Fan Club of America. Calvin was also a former scout master of the Amana Boy Scout Troop 222. Calvin was an avid golfer, who collected many golf balls, was proud to accomplish and celebrate at least one hole-in-one. He enjoyed writing stories and poetry. Calvin was like a special grandpa “Opa” to many children. He was known as “Opa” to everyone. Calvin spent time being Santa Claus, making bird houses, and made the Blue Bird Trail north of Middle Amana. Most of all, Calvin enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s music and sporting events or activities. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his children, Claire (Eddie) Alderman of Orlando, Florida, Philip (Lyn) Koenig of Poynette, and Susan (David) Gehring of Toddville, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Aurora, Mollie, Gage, Logan, Maggie, Olivia (Job), Grant, Calvin, Caroline and Evie; and one niece and two nephews.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife Arlene; brother, Garfield Koenig; and one nephew.
The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 310 Fifth St. S.E., Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Wheatland, Iowa. Murdoch Funeral Homes and Cremation Service in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family will direct any memorial contributions to the Alburnett Music Boosters, the Amana Art Guild, or First Presbyterian Church.
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