Aurelius “Aurly J. Pehler


Aurelius “Aurly” Joseph Pehler, a beloved member of the Arcadia community, passed away peacefully, November 9, 2023, at the age of 87.

Aurly was born August 13, 1936, in Arcadia, to John and Irene (Kiedrowski) Pehler. He was a man who lived life to the fullest. On August 12, 1961, Aurly married the love of his life, Marjorie Lisowski, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Arcadia. Together, they shared a beautiful journey, filled with love, laughter and cherished memories. Margie and Aurly raised their four children, Allen, Bruce, Charlene and Dale, in Arcadia.

Aurly was a hardworking individual who built a successful business. In 1972, he started Pehler Distributing, leaving an indelible mark in the industry. Additionally, he co-owned Pehler Trucking.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Aurly had a zest for life. He had a passion for travel, exploring new places and creating lasting experiences along the way. He took pleasure in participating in weekly drawings at local establishments, as well as going for memorable car rides, enjoying the beauty of the world around him.

His dedication to serving his community was admirable. Aurly was a member of the Arcadia Lions Club, devoting his time and efforts to numerous charitable causes. Furthermore, he served on the Arcadia City Council in the late 60s and early 70s. In recognition of his contributions, Aurly and Marjorie were honored as the Parade Marshals for Arcadia Broiler Days in 2010.

Aurly will be deeply missed by his children: Bruce (friend, Jennifer Foegen) Pehler of Arcadia, Dale (Melissa) Pehler of Arcadia, and Charlene (Bruce) Schweisthal of Arcadia; grandchildren: Lindsey (Andrew Pourier) Schweisthal, Kaitlyn (Adam) Guenther, Samuel Schweisthal, Michael Schweisthal, Zoie Pehler, Josee Pehler, and Landen Pehler; great-grandchildren: Easton, Nora, and Emma Guenther.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; son, Allen; brother, Adrian (Margaret) Pehler; and brothers-in-law: Edward and Adrian “Butch” Lisowski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Family Parish, Arcadia, with Reverend Kyle Laylan and Reverend Jerry Pehler concelebrating. Visitation was Tuesday, November 14, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Holy Family Parish and hour our prior to Mass, Wednesday. Aurly will be laid to rest in Glencoe Lutheran Cemetery, rural Arcadia. To leave an online condolence for his family, please visit

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