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Fred and Margaret Koehl

Fred graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Journalism. It was there that he met his wife Margaret (Bobbie) on a blind date. They married after graduation and returned to Ashland where Fred pursued his chosen vocation and resumed working for the Ashland Times-Gazette. Fred’s first newspaper venture was at nine years of age when he sold newspapers for the Ashland Times-Gazette for 3 cents each.

Fred served on the destroyer, Aaron Ward, as a Fighter Director. The ship was attacked and approximately half the crew was injured or killed.

Fred and Bobbie returned to Ashland to his parent’s home on Center Street where Fred resumed the duties as publisher of the Times-Gazette until his retirement in 1980. Fred continues to hold the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Retired Reserve of the U.S. Navy. A video tape is available of Fred’s war experience from the Veterans History Committee of the Ashland County Historical Society.

The Koehls established a charitable gift annuity with the Foundation. This gift provides the Koehls with income during their lifetimes and support to their favorite charities for perpetuity. We deeply appreciate their service and contributions to the Ashland community.

Prepared 2005