Ralph J. Koopmann, 77, of Damiansville, Ill., born July 24, 1936, in Germantown Township, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at his residence.
Ralph was a lifelong mechanic and he retired from the Wonder Bread Baking Company in St. Louis, Mo. He was an avid fisherman and he loved gardening. He was a member of St. Damian's Catholic Church and Holy Name in Damiansville, Damiansville Chamber of Commerce, Metro East Automotive Lodge 313, and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Frances, nee Varel, Koopmann; grandson, Sam Schumacher; sister, Bertha Carvar; brother, Bernie Koopmann; brothers-in-law, Melvin Carvar, Jim Varel, Alfred "Shorty" Santel, and Jerome Varel; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clem and Sarah, nee Linnemann, Santel; and nieces and nephews.
Surviving are his wife, Bernadine, nee Santel, Koopmann, whom he married on May 30, 1961 at St. Damian's Catholic Church in Damiansville; his children, Kathy (Rob) Schumacher of St. Rose, Theresa (Mike) Zobrist of Highland, Ric (Barb) Koopmann of Breese, Ron (Margie) Koopmann of Breese, and Randy (Melissa) Koopmann of Carlyle; 10 grandchildren, Lauren and Grant Schumacher, Brittne' and Shane Zobrist, Sarah and Alex Koopmann, Abby and Lucas Koopmann, Ben and Zach Koopmann; his siblings, Rita (Joe) Deiters of Beckemeyer, Leonard (Betty) Koopmann of Bartelso, Mary (Jerry) Grawe of Bartelso, Betty Varel of Bartelso, Norbert (Joan) Koopmann of Bartelso, and Albert Koopmann of Bartelso; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Phyllis Koopmann of Breese, Janet Santel of Damiansville, Dolores "Toots" Varel of Bartelso, Diane (Bobby) Masterson of Damiansville, Robert "Smitty" (Ellarine) Santel of Damiansville, and Ollie (Esther) Santel of Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Damian's Catholic Church, or to the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.mossfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, and 8 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at St. Damian's Catholic Church in Damiansville with Father Jack Joyce and Deacon Glen Netemeyer officiating. Interment will follow in St. Damian's Cemetery, Ill.
MOSS FUNERAL HOME, Breese, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 26, 2013
Moss Funeral Home
535 North 5th Street Breese, IL 62230