Elaine Koehler, age 81, of Midland, S.D., died on Monday, April 4, 2016, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Elaine C. Russell was born Dec. 3, 1934, in Pierre, the daughter of Joseph Irwin and Lillis (McDonald) Russell. She grew up and received her education in Midland.
Elaine was united in marriage to Theron Koehler on Dec. 23, 1952, in Midland.
After their marriage, she moved down to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., where Theron was stationed, while in the U.S. Army. After two years, Theron was honorably discharged from the Army, and they returned to South Dakota, living on his parents’ ranch in the Nowlin area. They resided at the ranch their entire married life. During that time, she worked side by side with Theron, and raised her three children.
Elaine was a great hostess, entertaining family and friends for many Loomix suppers and various holidays, especially Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
She enjoyed mowing the lawn and keeping the place up. When not outside, she could be found quilting. Elaine was never idle, and always had a quilt to work on. During the summer, she and Theron always took their grandkids camping, which was one of their best summertime memories.
In 1991, Theron and Elaine spent the winters in Mission, Texas, and continued to do that for the next 14 years. In August of 2008, Elaine moved into the Philip Nursing Home where she has since resided.
Survivors include her husband, Theron Koehler, Midland; two sons, Mike and his wife, Cindy, Koehler, Midland, and Russ and his wife, Rose Marie Koehler, Custer; one daughter, Scotti and her husband, Brad Block, Midland; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Tom and his wife, Nancy Russell, Black Hawk; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Heath Koehler; a sister, Joan Russell; and two brothers, Gordon Russell and Wally Russell.
Services were held Friday, April 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland.
Interment was at the Nowlin Cemetery near Midland.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.