Lawrence R. Koppes, 82, of Dyersville, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 2, at 1:50 p.m., (On All Souls Day) at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.
Visitation for Lawrence was held from 2-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a prayer service was held at 3:30 p.m. Visitation also continued Saturday morning at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until time of services.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Lectors were Brenda Koppes and Judy Koppes. Placing of the pall was done by: Dan Koppes, Dale Koppes, Joyce Polfer and Cathy Koppes. Burial was held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.
Casketbearers for Lawrence were: Joe Koppes, Jeff Koppes, Jay Koppes, Gary Koppes, Kurt Koppes, Keith Koppes, Nathan Koppes, David Ludwig and J.D. Dolphin.
Lawrence was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Monmouth, son of Raymond and Helen (Kelchen) Koppes. He started his education at a country school called Pleasant Hill, and he walked one mile to and from school. Lawrence finished his education at Temple Hill, graduating from eighth grade and then worked on the family farm. Oct. 5, 1960, he was united in marriage with Delores Putz at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. They separated years later.
Lawrence was employed by several local companies and found a job he enjoyed hauling milk for Ron Theisen Transport in Dyersville, until his retirement. His pride was his home in Dyersville and his two granddaughters. In 2015, Lawrence lost a granddaughter and wished the Good Lord had taken him instead. His health continued to decline from that point forward.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.
As the family visited Dad at different times, his daughter Joyce was there to comfort him by talking to him, saying the rosary, and listening to old country music.
He is survived by six children: Diane Koppes (Dan Recker) of Holy Cross, Dan Koppes, of Cascade, Alan Koppes, of Antioch, Ill., Dale Koppes, of Dyersville, Joyce (Allen) Polfer, of Farley and Cathy Koppes\, of Dyersville; one granddaughter, Nicole Polfer (Jared McCombs) of Farley; one step-grandson, Allen (Amy) Polfer, of Robins; three great-step-grandchildren, Cora, Silas and Thomas; three brothers: Merlin Koppes, of Cascade, Carl (Donna) Koppes and Paul (Sandy) Koppes, of Monmouth; three sisters, Phyllis (Marv) Ludwig, of Cuba City, Wis., Donna (Jim) Schewe, of Oxford Junction and Marilyn Staskal, of Maquoketa; four sisters-in-law: Judy (Jim) Betzner and Marlene Koppes of Cascade, Judy Koppes and Brenda Koppes, of Monmouth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Kaitlyn Ann Polfer on April 13, 2015; three brothers: Chuck, David and Dennis Koppes; and one sister-in-law, Lori “Pris” Koppes.
The family would like to thank MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, Irv Borgerding, and Doran and Mary Batterson for all of the care they gave to Lawrence.