John F. Koehnlein, 85, insurance firm treasurer

April 18, 2003

John F. Koehnlein, a certified public accountant and retired treasurer of Alexander and Alexander Inc., a Baltimore insurance brokerage, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital. He was 85 and a longtime Towson resident.

Mr. Koehnlein was born in Overlea and reared in Baltimore. He attended Forest Park High School until leaving to help support his family. He later earned a GED, and earned his accounting degree from the University of Baltimore.

In the 1930s, he worked for the old Western Maryland Dairy delivering milk in a horse-drawn wagon, and as a technician for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served with an anti-aircraft unit in New Guinea, Guadalcanal and the Philippines. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of master sergeant.

Mr. Koehnlein went to work in the 1940s as a certified public account for Alexander and Alexander, eventually becoming treasurer of the firm. He retired in 1979.

An avid golfer, Mr. Koehnlein was a member for many years of Rolling Road Golf Club before joining the Baltimore Country Club.

A Civil War buff, he liked visiting historic battlefields. He also enjoyed photography, particularly portraiture and landscapes.

Mr. Koehnlein was a member of Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lutherville.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Koehnlein is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Grace B. Bartlett; a daughter, Barbara K. Weissenberger of Ellicott City; a sister, Betty Steinwedel of Eldersburg; and a granddaughter.

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