GENOA – Paul Alfred Koeppen Sr., 52, of Genoa, Ill., was at home with his family on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, when he was welcomed into the Lord's hands after a long battle with cancer.
Born Dec. 5, 1960, in Arlington Heights, to Kenneth and Jacqueline (Steil) Koeppen, Paul married Karen Sue Drendel on Aug. 17, 1985, in Huntley.
Paul was a hardworking farmer and truck driver, hauling heavy equipment. He was self-employed and started Koeppen Heavy Hauling of Genoa. He attended Forest View High School and McHenry County College, where he earned his associate degree. Paul attended church regularly at St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Church of Genoa with his family and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa. He was an active participant of many activities with his children, including soccer, baseball, 4-H, camping and horseback riding, and he loved watching NASCAR.
Paul is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Paul Jr., Suzanne, Maria and Charles, still at home; parents, Kenneth and Jacqueline Koeppen of Mount Prospect; and brothers, Michael (Aileen) Koeppen, Timothy (Lynn) Koeppen, Kenneth (Britt) Koeppen, Steven Koeppen and Peter (Holly) Koeppen.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Alfred and Bertha Steil and Ben and Evelyn Koeppen.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Church, 340 S. Stott St., Genoa. The Rev. Donald Ahles and the Rev Jeremy Heilman will co-officiate. The visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., Cooper Quiram Chapel, 202 E. Main St., Genoa.
Memorials can be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, or to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.OlsonFH.com.