A funeral service for Paul Koppen was held Friday, June 18, 2021, at 10:30 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota. Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery with military honors conducted.
Paul Arnold Koppen, son of P.L. and Gertrude (Becker) Koppen, was born December 22, 1926, on a farm east of Lakota. Paul grew up on that farm and attended Lakota consolidated school. He was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ledyard in 1927, and received his First Communion in 1936.
Paul worked as a farm hand, at Rath Packing in Waterloo until he entered the United States Navy in 1945 serving for two years. After returning home, he helped his dad on the farm until 1952, when he moved to a farm near Ledyard. Paul became a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota on December 16, 1951. Through the years he was a member of the Brotherhood and served on both the church council and cemetery board.
On June 1, 1952, Paul married Elsie Stroebel at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota. They lived on a farm near Ledyard for nine years where they began raising their two sons, Michael and Kelvin. They then moved east of Lakota in 1961 until April of 1969 they moved to their present farm. In 1973 he quit raising hogs and cattle and started Koppen’s Sled Shop doing repairs and selling new and used snowmobiles. His son Kelvin still operates the sled shop doing repairs. Paul was the first president of the Lakota Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club.
It was common knowledge that Paul and Elsie would always intentionally match the color of their shirts, something everyone would notice them for. Paul loved attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities, farming, snowmobiling, fishing, camping, raising poultry, his pet animals, and gardening. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 4824 of Buffalo Center and the American Legion Post # 0562 of Lakota. He was honored to serve his country and was proud to lead many Memorial Day services carrying the U.S. Flag even through Memorial Day, 2020. Paul always had a smile and a friendly like-you-mean-it handshake and hello or hug. He could recall knowledge of past-times very well, and would always offer up a good story.
Paul A. Koppen died Monday, June 14, 2021, at Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center at the age of 94.
He is survived by two sons, Michael Koppen and his wife Sheila and Kelvin Koppen and his wife Tamie of Lakota; his two grandchildren and their families, Brady Koppen, Jessica and boys, Beckham, Griffin, and Deegan of Algona and Kelsie (Koppen) Baggenstoss and her husband Ben and children, Kade, Lukas, and Kenna of Lakota. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Darlene Blome and her husband Maurice of Ferryville, WI; a brother-in-law, Robert Anderson of Buffalo Center; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Elsie on January 27, 2013; four brothers, LeRoy, Willis, Irvin, and Maynard Koppen; and three sisters, Florence Keopple, Dorothy Koppen, and Frances in infancy.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.