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In Memory of

Wilford Koller

September 8, 1925 - May 5, 2017

Obituary


Wilford Koller was born in Stadthagen, Germany on 09/08/1925 to George Ernst Koller and Emma Auguste Schottelndreyer. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and older sister when he was two years old. After living in Milwaukee for a time, the family finally had the funds to continue on to Utah where they settled on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley.
Wilford was a paper boy when he was young, and was honored by the Newspaper Agency for delivering the most papers in a year by any one paperboy.
Wilford attended...

Wilford Koller was born in Stadthagen, Germany on 09/08/1925 to George Ernst Koller and Emma Auguste Schottelndreyer. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and older sister when he was two years old. After living in Milwaukee for a time, the family finally had the funds to continue on to Utah where they settled on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley.
Wilford was a paper boy when he was young, and was honored by the Newspaper Agency for delivering the most papers in a year by any one paperboy.
Wilford attended South High School where he participated in basketball, swimming, and track. He excelled in the quarter mile, low hurdles, and was lead off for his relay team. He was also in the high school band. At the age of 17, he tried to enlist in the military with several of his high school buddies, but because of his German background, he had to wait several months until his family back in Germany could be interrogated about the relatives in the United States. He first joined the Air Force, but upon learning that he would not be able to fly, he transferred to the Navy where he served on an aircraft carrier. He was honorably discharged when he was injured falling out of an airplane.
After he was discharged, he attended the University of Utah until he got "burned out" one quarter away from graduation. He joined the Fire Department where he served for three years. After marriage and a child, he went back and finished school, becoming an accountant. He eventually joined the Civil Service, working first with the Army in Europe, and then with the Air Force stateside. He retired from working at Thiokol as a Contract Specialist.
During his younger years, he loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting with his buddies. He also loved to recount how he played church basketball with "Tommy" Monson, and, with his dad, home taught Harold B. Lee.
He, and his sweetheart of 59 years, loved golfing, playing bridge, traveling, and participated several times in the St. George Senior Games. He was married to Mary LaRae Bills on November 26, 1952 and had five children: Karen (and Lee) Hixson, Craig (and Debbie) Koller, Larry (and Elizabeth) Koller, Kelly Koller, Clinton (and Kristen) Koller. He has 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, all who have survived him. His younger brother, Frank (and Gene) Koller also survive him. He was preceded in death by: his parents, George and Emma Koller; his sister, Margaret Harris; and his wife, Mary Koller.
Viewing to be held Tuesday, May 16 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon followed immediately by graveside services at the same place.
Per Wilford's request, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Perpetual Education Fund.