Benjamin J, Koenen

J. Koenen, 35, of Oakfield, died Thursday, January 3, 2019 at home surrounded
by his parents and his brother, after ten strong years fighting brain
cancer.  Did he lose the battle…?  We know it wore him down, it exhausted him,
it stole his ability to walk, and took his life, but cancer didn’t change his
spirit or his positive attitude.  Ben
truly was a light in this world.  He was
selfless and kind.  He touched so many of
us with a heart of gold.  Ben was blessed
with a kind, positive spirit.  Cancer did
not take this away, even through the toughest challenges.


He was born
September 4, 1983 in Fond du Lac, the son of Joseph and Karen Rumbuc
Koenen.  Ben graduated from Oakfield High
School Class of 2002.  He served in the
U.S. Air Force from 2003 – 2007 stationed at Dyess Airforce Base in Abilene,
Texas and deployed to Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean.  He was a Sr. Airman and his specialty was
Aerospace Propulsion – Jet Engines Journeyman. 
While serving he received Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force
Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, and Global War
on Terrorism Service Medal.  On June 4,
2004 he married Linda Mione in Michigan and they later separated.  Ben worked for General Electric in Texas as a
Wind Technician from 2007 – 2008.  In
2008 until 2015 when he retired because he was unable to work, he worked for
Invenergy in Brownsville, WI as a Wind Technician.


Ben loved
making ribs on the grill, snowboarding, and looked forward to the annual musky
fishing tournament with his dad and the guys. 
He absolutely loved baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox and was
thrilled having the opportunity to meet David Ortiz in 2015 at Fenway Park.


He is
survived by his parents, Joe and Karen Koenen of Oakfield; his brother, Robert
Koenen of Oakfield; aunts and uncles, Ben and Jean Koenen of Fond du Lac, Joe
Rumbuc of Fond du Lac, Jeff Rumbuc of Fond du Lac, Kathy (Jim) Geelan of Fond
du Lac, Charles Rumbuc of Kaukauna, and Chris (Mark “Bert”) Burleton of
Oakfield; his faithful companion, his dog, Tex; many cousins, other relatives
and friends.  He was preceded in death by
his paternal grandparents, Ben and Sally Koenen; his maternal grandparents,
Alex and Audrey Rumbuc; aunt, Mary (Ronald) Hansen; and cousins, Margaret Beth
Geelan and Patrick Geelan.


visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday, January 7, 2019 at
Uecker-Witt Funeral Home and again on Tuesday from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at
church.  The Mass of Christian Burial
will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Sons of Zebedee, St.
James Church in Oakfield.  Burial will
follow in Avoca Cemetery were military honors will be conducted.


family extends a special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Connelly and staff at
Froedtert Hospital for their care and compassion given to Ben and his family
over the years and to the entire staff of Agnesian Home Hospice for the
wonderful care given to Ben during his illness.  The family also thanks all of Ben’s friends for
their many visits.  Finally to his
brother, Bob for doing so many things with Ben and making sure they never
missed a Friday going to Buffalo Wild Wings.


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