Julia Mae (Koehler) Boekelman, 86, of Fort Dodge passed away on Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday May 9, 2014 at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel. The visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Julia was born in Washington County, IA on December 12, 1927 to John and Clara (Martin) Koehler. Julia graduated as class president from Ainsworth High School in 1945. She then attended 2 years of college, taught school for 2 years and then went on to Central College in Pella for her B.A. Degree where she and her husband V.H. “Buck” met and were married on August 9, 1952 and have been married for 62 years.

Julie was a strong and faithful Christian believer and devoted much time to her church and youth work. She taught elementary school in Grand Junction and Wayland, IA with fifth grade being her favorite group for 12 years. She also taught elementary school vocal music in Washington, IA for 2 years. Upon moving to Fort Dodge in 1966 she became the First Baptist Church Pastor’s secretary for 20 years. She enjoyed her work. A fall on March 1st ended a happy life, breaking a vertebrae in her lower back, she then fell again which ended her mobility and eventually her life. She was loved by many friends and would like to “Thank You” for your friendships.

Julia is survived by her husband Buck; her sister Betty of Queensboro, NY and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her children Rebecca and Keith, her parents John and Clara and her brothers Louis and John.