Cory Dion David Koethler "Fridge", was born June 29, 1971 to John and Eileen, a younger brother for their son Trevor. He grew up mainly in Wymark, with his cousins and friends. One of his favorite things was biking through the yards until it was dark. He loved the camping trips his family took nearly every year. Later when he was going to the comp, his family moved to the city, and that circle of friends grew. He joined the wrestling team and soon was nicknamed "Fridge", a moniker that stuck with him the rest of his life. Cory had a great love of music, Metal and Metal! He had an encyclopedia of bands, songs, etc in his head. And movies, he could watch the same movie dozens of times! Becoming a Father was his greatest victory. Jesse, Jaxxon and Jagger filled his heart with pride. He loved taking them fishing, searching for crayfish under the yellow bridge, or just driving around in his 67 Galaxie, telling them "bad dad" jokes. Making sausage and butchering with Gramma and Grandpa K to show them traditional things. He tried to be at everything he could to cheer them on! He was so very proud to see Jesse and then Jaxxon graduate high school and start on their next adventures. He would have been just as proud to watch Jagger do the same. He loved sharing with them the unique character he was, he wanted them to see that its ok to not be like everyone else, that's part of what makes you the person you are and that if someone wanted to change you, they probably didn't belong in your life. Cory had a strong moral code and wasn't afraid to hold his ground. He prayed every night for the safety of those he loved. Joining the Kinsmen and being a part of Telemiracle gave him a way to give back and meet more great people. Cory had a very quiet manner of just sitting back and watching everything around him, he didn't need to be the center of attention. He had a quick wit, a great sense of humour, and he was easy to like. Later being a part of the Ride For Dad group, riding along to help photograph it, hanging with some really great people was something he looked forward to. He was always so thankful that he was welcomed into their community even though he did not have a bike. He loved his 67 Galaxie and his 50 Chev, that had been his dads. Every year when he pulled them out of storage, you'd see the biggest smile! Cory missed his dad, John so very much when we lost him. When Wendy came into his life, he easily added Desire, Ken and Tyler. He appreciated the fact they welcomed him as well. Team F! That new set of children soon started their own families adding to the growing circle. He loved filling his secret bin with Hot Wheels cars to give to his new grandchildren at every visit. Together, with Wendy, he took in many concerts, car shows, camping, a trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls, and several trips to the mountains. One of which they surprised their whole family, who had come along for this adventure, by getting married in Fernie. Getting together with friends for their theme parties guaranteed lots of laughs. Some of the best times were had by them just grabbing the camera, packing the cooler full of drinks and hitting a back road for a drive. Cory was an amazing support as well, no matter what the idea, all he asked is, "how can I help?" Or he would come up with one, "I'm just the idea guy" and together they would make it happen. After a long battle with his Crohn's, he passed at home with Wendy by his side. Cory leaves to celebrate and cherish many memories, his mother Eileen Koethler (predeceased by his father John Koethler in 2012), his brother Trevor (April), their sons Mitchell and Reese, children Jesse Koethler, Jaxxon Koethler, and Jagger Koethler. His wife, Wendy Friesen Koethler and stepchildren, Desire (Mike) Radwanski, their daughter Ellianna, Ken (Elyse) White, their children Grayson, Emily, Dawson and Benson, and Tyler White. Many aunts and uncles, cousins and long-time friends. Cory loved family, he will be missed very much by them and the friends he considered to be family. Rest easy Cory, love you forever. Be smart, be safe, and be excellent to each other. A memorial service was held Saturday January 15th, 2022 at Elmwood Golf Club. We, Cory's family would like to thank everyone for all the messages, phone calls and other prayers and wishes. Every bit of it was appreciated. We would also like to thank Nicole at Warrens Funeral Home for the guidance and support. Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.
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