Bruce Harold Koenig age 81 of Marianna passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Jackson Hospital. He was born to the late Harold Fredrick and Melba Morris Koenig. Bruce was preceded in death by his son Brian Charles Koenig. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Christian Koenig, daughter Karen Koenig Mooney, sister Barbara Koenig, grandson Ashton Michael Mooney, and numerous relatives and friends.
Bruce graduated from Oak Park High School and Iowa State University Department of Agriculture. He went in the Marines, then returned to Iowa State University and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine. Bruce’s career as an equine veterinarian was mainly at the racetracks in New York. He went to the Kentucky Derby with Air Forbs One. Bruce also worked as a veterinarian for the annual Old Glory Horse Sale at Younkers Raceway. He also treated hunters and jumpers. Bruce chose the horses to start the Nassau County Mounted Unit. He was later honored by them for 22 years of service.
Bruce enjoyed hunting, was an avid boater and fisherman. He and his family spent a lot of time out on the water cruising and fishing from the boat. Bruce was a Webelo leader when son Brian was in the Boy Scouts. In his younger years Bruce was afraid of flying. To conquer this, he took flying lessons and got his pilot license. He, with his family did a lot of traveling by plane.
Bruce had a big heart and has helped many people in their time of need. He was a devoted husband and loving father who enjoyed spending time with his family at home and on vacation.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at the Marianna Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Wamsley officiating on March 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until time of service followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.
Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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