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In Memory of Ronald Koopman

June 13, 2013

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Ronald Koopman, of Montevideo, died on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN at the age of 88. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Montevideo, MN with Pastor Ronald Hobbie officiating. Interment was in Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens in Montevideo.

Ronald Alvin Koopman was born on April 20, 1925 in Fulda, MN to Fred and Julia (Busch) Koopman. He was Baptized on May 10, 1925 at Fulda, MN and confirmed on April 2, 1939 at Iona, MN. In 1942 he moved with his family to a farm in Rosewood Township of Chippewa, County, MN. He graduated from Montevideo High School in 1943 and worked on the family farm. On September 21, 1952 he was united in marriage to Louise Rosebrock. He continued farming until moving into Montevideo in 1974. He worked for Ivan’s Service Center for a number of years. On April 30, 2013 he entered the Clara City Care Center. 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 has over 90,000.

He is survived by a son, Richard “Dick” Koopman of Montevideo; a daughter, Joyce (and Steven) Segebart of Sioux City, IA; a sister, Beatrice Strampe of Slayton MN; a brother, Fred (and Bonnie) Koopman of Starbuck, MN, four grandchildren: Jason (Melissa) Koopman of Montevideo, Kelle LaNore of Isanti, MN, and Melissa Segebart and Amanda Segebart, both of Sioux City, IA; two great-grandchildren: Abby and Kyle LaNore; as well as by several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Carol Milburn in 1996.

Organist: Myrtiss Riediger. Congregational Hymns: “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “Nearer My God To Thee”, and “How Great Thou Art”.

Casket Bearers: Dan Enninga; Mark Javers; Curtis Strampe; Kyle Strampe; Kevin Strampe; Pat Demuth; John Koopman.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Elmer Boike; Ivan Christensen; Lester Koopman and the men that transported him to cancer treatments: Merle Weckwerth, Jule Ost, Dan Weckwerth, Rev. Ronald Hobbie, Lyle Henning, Marlin Schoep

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