Clifford Mishler submitted this remembrance of Krause Publications.
George Cuhaj supplied the photo. Thank you!
Joel T. Edler, a 22-year member of the Krause Publications numismatic staff, from 1984 to
2006, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2021. Having experienced declining health in recent
years, he and his wife Judy had moved into Iola’s Living Oaks assisted living center earlier this
summer. Born in Freeport, Illinois, on August 19, 1941, Edler was a graduate of Northern Illinois
University in DeKalb. He is survived by his wife, nine children, 17 grandchildren, and three
Engaged in sales functions throughout his professional career, Edler enjoyed sales stints with
the Motorola Corporation and the Fort Howard Paper Company in Green Bay, Wis., prior to
becoming engaged with sales pursuits in the numismatic field. His involvement with numismatic
sales was inaugurated in 1982 when he joined the Fox Valley Coin & Gun Exchange dealership
in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
Edler joined Krause Publications in 1984 as advertising manager of Post Card Collector. When
that publication was sold a couple years later, he transferred to the Krause Publication
numismatic publications staff, where he served as advertising manager of Numismatic News
and other titles for many years. Subsequent to retiring from Krause in 2006, he served as a
consultant to Whitman Publishing for a couple years.
Subsequently, he also established Iola’s Country Store, featuring
Collectible Antiques, Books &
Magazines, operating out of a Main Street storefront in downtown Iola. In the early years the
shop, offering a diverse and enticing assortment to vintage collectibles that attracted his
interest, was open on a somewhat erratic schedule. In later years, he famously proclaimed;
open three or four days a year during the annual Iola Old Car Show.
A life-long collector, with a focused interest in numismatics, pressed metal and cast-iron toys,
including toys that he had personally preserved from his childhood, and vintage real-photo post
cards, Edler attend his first American Numismatic Association in Chicago in 1956 at the age of
15. From 2000 until his retirement, he served Krause as its U.S. coin and paper money pricing
supervisor. During that time, he also served as co-author of the U.S. Coin Digest, and the
Standard Catalog of United States Paper Money.
Edler served as president of the Village of Iola from 2006 to 2021, having been appointed to the
office in 2006, and thereafter elected to seven recurring terms, 2007-2012, stepping down from
the office this past April. He had first been elected to the board in 1999.
At the time of his passing, Edler was actively serving as a governor of the Numismatists of
Wisconsin, having served on the board continuously since first being elected in 2008. He served
as co-host and bourse chairman of four NOW shows hosted in Iola, from the 45 th anniversary
event hosted in 2005 to the 55 th in 2015, and was a long-time member of the Nicolet Coin Club
in Green Bay.
An active member of the Iola Historical Society, Edler served as the originator and annual
organizer of an antique Appraisal Fair, 2008-2019, event conducted in conjunction with the
organization’s annual Iola Strawberry Fest, which has been ongoing since 1985. A member of
the Iola Lions Club, he was an Iola Old Car Show host committee volunteer.
An avid sports fan, in his earlier years Edler officiated basketball and football at the high school
level, after having played center for the Northern Illinois’ Huskies in college. While his lifelong
avid football allegiance was to the Chicago Bears, he was also a Green Bay Packers season
I really enjoyed sharing 30 years of travels attending coin and token shows throughout the
Midwest with Joel, a collector par excellence, professionally and in retirement, Clifford Mishler
observed in reflection.
We often paused along the way to take in an antique shop or mall
seeking something irresistible. He was both a most pleasurable companion on these drives, and
a knowledgeable associate for assessing the merits of potential acquisitions.
On those occasions when our drives carried us across the Mississippi River, going or coming,
he would without fail begin singing his impromptu strains of Hammerstein
and Kern’s Ol’ Man River. An accomplished singer, he was called upon to provide the vocals
for countless weddings, funerals, and church Christmas programs for area venues.
To read Edler's online obituary, see:
Joel Edler of Iola, Wisconsin | 2021 | Obituary
Wayne Homren, Editor
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