Memorial Gifts for Robert Koelling

Fund Type: Memorial Donations

Virginia Beach, VA

Fundraiser ends on June 26, 2017

To support a cause dear to the family of Bob Koelling, Heritage United Methodist Church

Robert William Koelling, Sr., of Virginia Beach, entered Eternal Life on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the age of 95 years. He was born on May 3, 1922 to George Koelling and Lorene Mische Koelling in St. Charles, MO. He worked for the Wabash Railroad prior to serving in the U.S. Army during WWII at Fort Monroe and other local facilities. He later worked for many years as an area supply officer for the Army Reserves. In his free time he was a member of the Methodist Men at Lekies Methodist Church and Heritage United Methodist Church and was a former president of the Dixie Squares square dance group.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of 70 years, Anne, and sister Norma Lee Bush.

Left to cherish his memory are his son Robert W. Koelling, Jr. and his wife Deborah; son Gary Koelling and his wife Alexis; granddaughter Glenn; and grandson Everett.

Visitation for Robert will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Altmeyer Funeral Home (5792 Greenwich Rd. Virginia Beach, VA) from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Rosewood Memorial Park (631 N. Witchduck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA ) at 11:00 AM.

The Altmeyer Funeral Home-Southside Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by clicking HERE.

Memorial gifts may be made to Heritage United Methodist Church.

Heritage United Methodist Church was established in 1989 as the result of the manger of two churches, LeKies United Methodist Church and Wesleyan Acres United Methodist Church.

 LeKies was one of the Norfolk District's oldest churches. It was established in 1884 with 17 charter members as Asbury Chapel.  The congregation moved to another site in Norfolk and took the name LeKies in memory of John B. LeKies. It stayed at this location for more than 60 years. In 1958, redevelopment made the congregation move to Virginia Beach just east of Newtown Road.

 Wesleyan Acres United Methodist Church began its history in 1922 in the Chesterfield Heights section of Norfolk. It started with a Sunday School under the leadership of W.D. Keene Jr. A new sanctuary was added in 1946. In 1967 the congregation moved to Virginia Beach just adjacent to Virginia Wesleyan College. Service were held at the college for two years prior to the construction of a new Wesleyan Acres Church in 1969.

In 1984 District Superintendent M. Douglas Newman and many members of both congregations had visions of new ministries and began discussing a proposed manger. In 1986 the two churches united at the Wesleyan Acres site.

On Sunday, February 21, 1988 ground breaking service were held. In early 1989 the building was completed and Heritage United Methodist Church was born. Bob and his wife Virginia were members here for many years. To make a contribution, please click the 'give now' button to the right of this text. 

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