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Celebration of Life scheduled for popular Tulare ag teacher

Kevin Koelewyn, 52, passed away on Sunday. He was a beloved agriculture educator and youth baseball coach.
Kevin Koelewyn, 52, passed away on Sunday. He was a beloved agriculture educator and youth baseball coach. Special to the Bee

A Celebration of Life for Kevin Koelewyn, a respected Tulare FFA teacher who died on Sunday, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24.

The service is scheduled to begin 11 a.m. at the Kings Fairgrounds, 801 S. 10th Ave., Hanford.

Koelewyn was attending the national FFA convention in Indianapolis when he was found in his hotel room on Oct. 25. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Koelewyn was widely known for his role as a agriculture teacher with Tulare Joint Union High School District, a youth baseball coach, and for being a dedicated husband and father.

His wife, Catherine Koelewyn, said she has been overwhelmed by the community support.

Along with a Celebration of Life service, Kevin Koelewyn is also being remembered on Thursday with a candlelight vigil at the Bob Hill Youth Baseball Complex, 1098 Campus Dr. in Hanford, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Nov. 30, the Tulare FFA is hosting a benefit dinner at the Tulare County Fairgrounds, 620 K St., at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, with proceeds to benefit the Koelewyn family.

“The outpouring of love has sustained us as we fumble through life without our Kevin,” Catherine Koelewyn said.

“We are realizing just how many lives Kevin truly impacted while on this earth and even after going home to be with his Lord.”

Catherine Koelwyn said her three children are doing the best they can to cope. The Koelewyn’s three children are: Madilyn, 21, Audra, 18, and Kaleb, 11.

“He will be fiercely missed by all who were blessed to have known him,” she said.



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