Techel remembered for loving life and others

Hundreds of Ottumwans gathered Thursday morning to mourn the passing of Lisa Marie Caldwell Techel, and her unborn child Zoey Maria.

Techel, a Washington County Corrections Officer and a Wapello County Sheriff''s Department Reserve Officer was shot to death in her home on Saturday.

The crowd was augmented by dozens of law enforcement officers from across the state.

First Lutheran Pastor Ralph Kister conducted the memorial. He spoke of his personal relationship with Techel, remembering that he baptized her and conducted her wedding ceremony on the very spot where her casket sat.

Techel's mother, Tracy Caldwell, spoke about a daughter who was both funny and stubborn. Tracy remembered her daughter as friendly, giving and determined to be the best that she could at any task.

She recalled Lisa's determination to become a better bowler than her brother, a determination that eventually led Lisa to becoming a three-time state bowling champ.

And in a particularly touching moment, remarked that her daughter had been born to be a mom.

After the funeral, Techel was escorted to Shaul Cemetery in Ottumwa by a line of law enforcement vehicles that stretched for several blocks.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shop with a Cop or the Special Olympics.