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Carl A. Koffler

Fayetteville, AR, 1928 - 2019

Carl Koffler, 91, Lt. Colonel US Army retired, passed away on May 21, 2019 in Fayetteville. Carl was born in Kansas City, Mo. on February 27, 1928. A career Army officer, Carl served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam and was awarded numerous decorations for service and merit including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Carl was the loving husband of Constance L. Koffler, and during their life together, they lived in multiple locations across the US, Europe, and Asia. After retiring from the US Army in 1975, he and Constance made Springdale, Ark. their home for many years before moving to Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville in 1997.
After his military retirement, Carl became extremely involved in his local community, serving on the Board of Nob Hill Fire Department, two terms as Justice of the Peace on the Washington County Quorum Court, multiple years on the Washington County Library Board, two terms as President of Butterfield Trail Village (BTV) Resident Association, and on the Board of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Carl was a progressive thinker – an early adopter to organic gardening, recycling, and leveraging computers for disciplined financial analysis. His large and bountiful garden enriched the lives of many friends and BTV residents. Carl was a lifelong learner with a prodigious memory and a strong appreciation for the arts, museums, and all things educational. Not one to mince words, he never hesitated to state his opinion and enjoyed entertaining others with his storytelling and unique sense of humor. Carl was warm, generous and caring, and incredibly committed to improving the lives of his family and local community.
He was predeceased by his wife, Constance Koffler, his brother, George Koffler, his grandson, Ben Koffler, and his mother, Therese Koffler, and father, Karl Koffler. Carl is survived by his loving companion, Anne Prichard, and his children, Diane Vaught of Durham, N.C., Kurt Koffler of Topeka, Kan., and Claire Quinn of Atlanta, Ga. He is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services for remembering Carl will be held at Butterfield Trail Village Fayetteville (Performance Hall) on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2 p.m. Carl will be interred alongside his wife Constance at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NW Arkansas in Carl's name: Online condolences are welcomed at

Published May 29, 2019

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