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Judge Koehn remembered as legal scholar and gentleman

A longtime Door County Circuit Court judge is being remembered for his courtroom presence and service to the community.  The Honorable John D. Koehn passed away at the age of 84 on Wednesday.  Current Circuit Court Branch 1 Judge D. Todd Ehlers presented cases in front of Koehn as an attorney and succeed him as a judge in 2000. He says Koehn was a judge that always listened to both sides and rendered just and fair decisions.  Koehn also served as a willing mentor to Ehlers, who remembers Koehn's gracious advice on ruling from the bench.



Ehlers adds that Judge Koehn was the only circuit court judge in Door County during his first six years from 1988 to 1994 before a second branch was added.  According to his obituary, Judge Koehn retired in 2000 and was a native of Sturgeon Bay who graduated from John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1967.  A celebration of Judge John Koehn’s life will be held at a later date.  You can read his full obituary here.

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