Karl Ohler suddenly passed away, at age 59, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, and has joined his Heavenly Father in eternity. He was born on February 8, 1952, in Belicia, Croatia; his family immigrated to the Wenatchee Valley area in 1959, where he grew up and graduated from Eastmont High School in 1970. He ventured off to Spokane, WA, where he worked in the optical business and met his love and future wife of 29 years, Karen Knudsen. After attending ITT Technical Institute, they moved back to Wenatchee in 1990, where he was employed by the Wenatchee School District for 21 years. He was the District's Electronics Technician and served as the President of the Teamsters Union. On the outside, Karl portrayed a gruff exterior, but everyone who knew him could see right through it. He was an honorable man, great Husband and Dad, and a wonderful person; above all, he was the most awesome Papa. His greatest passions included golfing, where he was a member of the Three Lakes Golf Course. He was an avid bird lover; his family included a variety of five parrots.
Karl was dearly loved by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Ohler; his children: son, Michael Ohler of New York City, NY; son, Travis Knudsen of Mountain Home, ID; and daughter, Tiffany Roberts of East Wenatchee, WA; grandchildren, Cameron Knudsen of Boise, ID and Macy Roberts of East Wenatchee, WA; and great-grandchildren, Aleksa and Elaina Knudsen of Boise, ID. He is also survived by his parents, Michael and Victoria Ohler of Rock Island, WA; three brothers, Michael, John and Willie Ohler; two sisters, Rose Sindelar and Mariane McKinley; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Karl's Life will be held at First Assembly of God Church, 1520 McKittrick Street, Wenatchee, WA at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Society. Funeral Arrangements by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.