Fallen soldier's wife: "He loved me enough to last a lifetime"
RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- Sergeant Edward Koehler's North Georgia family will lay him to rest.
His wife, and step daughter, talk about his life, and the outpouring of support since his death.
"It says Sgt. Koehler's daughter," says Shelbie Bringham, Koehler's stepdaughter.
It's the t-shirt 20 year-old Bringham, wore the day she sent her step-dad to war.
Today she wears it with a different sense of pride.
"I'm proud of my dad, I'm really proud of everything that he has done and everything he was as a person. I want everybody to know that was my dad," says Bringham.
Dozens of patriot guard bikers were there to see it the rest of the way.
"I've never seen anything like that in my life. And to know they did that for my husband. It's just unbelievable," says Koehler's wife, Cheryl.
Cheryl Koehler says she wondered if anyone cared her husband was at war, now she knows people did.
"They've come and said hello to me and they've stood in front of my husband and they've saluted him. And it's restored my faith in my fellow Americans," says Koehler.
Married just two years, Cheryl says god took his time bringing them together.
"He was picked out special. God waited a long time in life to bring him to me, but he loved me enough to last the rest of my life," says Koehler.
Now she clings to the motorcycle rides, the good times, and the last piece of advice he left with his girls.
"He said we are Koehlers, we are like ducks, we are smooth on the surface, and we kick really really hard underneath the water, and so that's been our motto," says Koehler.
This mother and daughter say their soldier would want them to make a difference, stand up for the troops.
"You see a soldier in Wal-mart pat them on the back, walk up to them and shake their hand, if they are eating go pay their bill," says Koehler.
While Sgt. Koehler's mission has ended, Cheryl Koehler says hers is just beginning.
"I will make my husband proud," says Koehler.
Sgt. Koehler's funeral will be held at 3 pm Saturday. Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Ringgold.