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James Milton Koenig

James Milton Koenig, May 17th, 1964 – September 1, 2023

James Milton Koenig, “Koe” of Cheyenne Wyoming, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59 on

Friday, September 1st, 2023. Memorial services will be performed by Pastor Nathan Denbow at Calvary

Chapel Cheyenne Church, 9209 Ridge Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82009 on Friday, September 8th, 2023. A

memorial fund has been set up at the Uni-Wyo in Laramie for the Jim Koenig Memorial Fund, 1381 Kate

Cameron Dr, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82009.

James Milton Koenig was born in Lincoln Nebraska on May 17th, 1964, the son of Lois and James

Koenig. Growing up on the family farm in Kimball, Nebraska he discovered his passion for farming,

automobiles, and mechanics. While attending Kimball County High School he participated in numerous

sports and activities, including wrestling, track, basketball, and football, while excelling in football. Koe

loved Kimball football, where his lifelong relationships were formed. When the opportunity arose, Koe

loved reminiscing with teammates about the 9-0 senior season and playing in the Western Nebraska All

Star game After graduating high school in 1982 Koe attended Chadron State College on a football

scholarship. After his football career was cut short due to injury, he decided to work on the family farm

until attending WyoTech, obtaining numerous mechanical degrees. This led Koe to landing a job as a

master mechanic for GM in Boulder, Co. After working as a master mechanic, Koe attended University

of Nebraska at Kearney and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business. Koe was always up for

adventure. Trips to Europe with close friends, hundreds of Husker football games (attending all 3

National Championship games!!) He loved Bayside Beach, Lake Mac, riding to Sturgis, boating with

family, especially his boys, snowmobiling, car shows, working on vehicles with his boys, mentoring and

teaching them daily-driving his point home like only he could. Koe loved food. Man did he love food.

Specifically, his mother Lois’s Blue Ribbon Potato Salad, Sotie’s fried chicken, and a gooood nipple

rubbing brisket.

Koe moved back to Kimball to begin his stellar 20+ year career with Snap-On-Tools, achieving top tool

salesman in the nation several times. In 1996 Koe and his dad built his dream cabin and forever home

near Curt Gowdy State Park, in Wyoming. Koe married the love of his life, Darla Diane Vogeler, on

August 4th, 2001. Sons, James Dakota Koenig and Jack Ryan Koenig came shortly after, it was clearly

evident to everyone that his boys were the most important thing in his life. He was so proud of them!

Survivors of his immediate family include his wife of 22 years Darla Diane Koenig, his two sons James

Dakota Koenig (21) and Jack Ryan Koenig (18) of Cheyenne, Wyoming. His mother Lois Koenig of Sun

Lakes, Arizona, older sister Kimberly Beyer (Husband Dennis Beyer) of Sidney, Nebraska, twin sister

Jean Koenig Anderson of Sun Lakes, Arizona, father in-law William F Vogeler of North Loup, Nebraska,

brother-in-law Todd Vogeler of Lincoln Nebraska, sister-in-law Cynthe Vogeler of Alamogordo, New

Mexico. Nephews Adam Speck, Tyler Anderson, Eric Beyer, Brayden Vogeler. Niece Madisen Vogeler.

Preceded in death by his father James Franklin Koenig, his mother-in-law Nancy Diane Vogeler, nephew


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