George W. Koler died July 26, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 76.
George W. Koler was born June 28, 1929, in Oak Creek, to George and Virginia (Spears) Koler, where he was raised and attended school.
Koler married Evelyn "Billie" Lane on Oct. 23, 1954, in Glenwood Springs. They made their home in Oak Creek where they raised their three children and he worked at various coal mines in the area as an equipment operator. He retired from The P&M Edna Mine in 1994. Although he enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling, his family was very important to him and he cherished the times he could be with them. He was a member of the United Mine Worker's of America.
Koler is survived by his daughter, Darlene (Don) Babcock of Hayden; sons William (Debbie) Koler of Phippsburg, and Donald (Susan) Koler of Yampa; grandchildren Jody (Erin) Babcock, Daleena and Lynae Babcock, Ashley (Eric) Castor, Leslie Koler, Nicole Baxter, and Clinton and Dillon Koler; great granddaughter, Kacie Babcock; sister, Bertie (Clarence) Levens of Denver; brothers Robert Koler of Oak Creek, and Jerry (Betty) Koler of Albuquerque, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Koler was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Evelyn.
Services were held July 29, 2005, at Soroco High School in Oak Creek, with Pastor Janet Babish officiating. The pianist was Gene Sanders, and the soloist was Jay Troutman.
Selections were "Wind Beneath My Wings," "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," and "Go Rest High On The Mountain."
Pallbearers were Donald Koler, William Koler, Donald Babcock, Jody Babcock, Robert Koler, and Jerry Koler.
Honorary pallbearers were Clinton Koler, Dillon Koler, and "All George's Many Friends."
Interment was held at Mesa View Cemetery in Delta, July 30, 2005, with Jay Troutman officiating.