Gardening 12


January 5, 1957 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old


My dear wife, best friend, mom, and gramma Evelyn June Nightingale Koehn was born to John & Ella Mae Nightingale on January 5,1957. She peacefully left us at home in the early morning hours on February 20,2024 after a yearlong battle of cancer, reaching the age of 67. Ev grew up in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She completed 9 years of school at the Chickasha Public School. Ev accepted Jesus as her Savior and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite on February 22, 1970, by Minister Chester Koehn. Her faith was very important to her, maintaining a close relationship with God. She married me, Verle Koehn on April 22,1979. We started our married life farming and ranching in Pincher Creek, Alberta, then later moving to Hartley, Texas. Some of our highlights were spending time on the ranch in New Mexico, good times together with the Ensz family, and many harvest meals with friends and neighbors. Ev always enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends and strangers alike. When Angela Boeckner and Kayla Unruh came into our home, she became a mother and special friend to them. Many others that came and went had a special place in her heart. Her yard was her pride and joy. Gardening, planting flowers, and mowing were just a few. Taking family vacations was a highlight for her. She was by my side through the years, faithfully supporting me in the deaconry and later in the ministry. We enjoyed visiting new countries and making new friends. As a lover of warm weather, she especially enjoyed our time we spent in Jamaica. In 2006 we moved to Potlatch, Idaho, where she again formed new friendships and became Nana to many of the children. She was aways by my side going with me on ministerial visits or abroad. In our everyday life we were always together, bouncing on the Gater at the ranch, grocery getting, or pulling me out with the tractor. Ev’s children and grandchildren were very dear to her. They remember playing games, putting puzzles together, and shopping. She let her grandchildren do things that she wouldn't let her girls do, such as playing at the desk, using her rubber bands, tape etc. We will miss her greatly but are thankful that she is free from pain. We are especially grateful and thankful for the loving care of sister-in-law Karen during the last few months of Ev’s illness. We look forward to meeting her in heaven. Those left with many cherished memories include me, her loving husband Verle Koehn Princeton, Idaho, two daughters Niki, husband Mitch Toews and their children Adelyn, Sophia, and Samuel, Glenn, CA. Ande, husband Verle Boese and their children Bailey and Karson of Princeton, ID. Brother David and wife Judy Nightingale, and sister Carol Nightingale all of New Plymouth ID. Mom in law Helen Koehn of Montezuma, KS. Brothers in law Doug and wife Cindy of Pincher Creek, AB, Lindale and wife Glenda of Charlo, MT, Kyle of Littleton, CO, sisters in law Virginia of Scotia, NE, Cheryl and husband Dennis of Hartley, TX, Karen of Montezuma, KS, Jan of Bartlesville, OK, Lisa and husband Michael Unruh of Windsor, CO and numerous nieces and nephews. Family friends: Kreston, Kayla, and Madelyn Koehn of Pheonix, AZ, Ang and Neil Brubaker and family of Scenic Ridge, OH, Jeremy and wife Karlita Boeckner and family of Harvard, ID. Special friends Tyson and wife Mashala Koehn and family of Princeton ID, Gene Ensz Family of Hartley, TX, David and wife Carolee Koehn of Moundridge, KS, and Anna McKenna of Palouse, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ella Mae Nightingale, stepmother Mary Ann Nightingale, sister Grace Nightingale, dad in law Ervie Koehn, and brother-in-law Gary Koehn.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, 10:30 A.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 1400 E. 7th Street Moscow, ID.  Burial will follow at the Viola Cemetery, Viola, ID.

Memorial are suggested to the Wild Rose Menonite Church, 1352 Chaney Road, Viola, ID.. 83872 

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Funeral Service
February 26, 2024

10:30 AM
Moscow Church of the Nazarene
1400 E. 7th Street
Moscow, ID 83843




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