Ronald Koopman, 88, of Montevideo, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Montevideo with the Rev. Ronald Hobbie officiating. Burial will be at Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens. Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, ending with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home.
Music will be provided by organist Myrtiss Riediger. Congregational hymns will be “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Nearer My God to Thee” and “How Great Thou Art.” Casketbearers are Dan Enninga, Mark Javers, Curtis, Kyle and Kevin Strampe, Pat Demuth, and John Koopman. Honorary casketbearers will include Elmer Boike, Ivan Christensen, Lester Koopman, the men that transported him to cancer treatments, Merle Weckwerth, Jule Ost, Dan Weckwerth, Rev. Ronald Hobbie, Lyle Henning and Marlin Schoep.
Ronald Alvin Koopman was born in Fulda, April 20, 1925, to Fred and Julia (Busch) Koopman. He was baptized on May 10, 1925, in Fulda, and confirmed on April 2, 1939, in Iona. In 1942 he moved with his family to a farm in Rosewood Township, Chippewa County. He graduated from Montevideo High School in 1943 and worked on the family farm.
He married Louise Rosebrock, Sept. 21, 1952. He continued farming until moving into Montevideo in 1974. He worked for Ivan’s Service Center for a number of years. He entered the Clara City Care Center on April 30, 2013. He enjoyed traveling and sightseeing to Europe and the southern and western states. He enjoyed playing cards, working on puzzles and woodworking. He especially enjoyed going to auctions and collecting matchbook covers, of which he had over 90,000.
He is survived by a son, Richard “Dick” Koopman of Montevideo; daughter, Joyce (and Steven) Segebart, of Sioux City, Iowa; sister, Beatrice Strampe, of Slayton; brother, Fred (and Bonnie) Koopman, of Starbuck; grandchildren, Jason (and Melissa) Koopman, of Montevideo, Kelle LaNore, of Isanti, and Melissa Segebart and Amanda Segebart, both of Sioux City; great-grandchildren, Abby and Kyle LaNore; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and daughter, Carol Milburn (1996).
Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home, of Montevideo, is in charge of the arrangements. (Online guest book at www.andersonfuneralmontevideo.com)