Ross T. Koepnick Ross T. Koepnick died unexpectedly and peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at his home in San Antonio, TX. He was born July 25, 1935, in Grand Rapids, MI, to Frederick A. Koepnick and Doris E. Mann. Ross lived in Northbrook, IL for many years with his wife, Nancy C. Kuehn, who passed away in December 1999, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Ross cared for Nancy until she died in their home in Lake Zurich, IL. Ross was a loving husband and father evidenced by his care for his wife; and his successful upbringing of four children who all graduated from college with multiple degrees due to Ross and Nancy's superb parenting. Ross taught industrial education (shop) at Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools, and retired with over 25 years of dedicated service in 1990. Ross' students appreciated his down to earth teaching style, and he received letters of thanks years later. Ross graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor in Education in 1960, and received a Masters in Industrial Education from the Chicago Teachers College in 1963. Ross enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, especially football, as he would tell stories about playing guard at Evanston High School graduating in 1954. Ross was also a big fan of science fiction TV and movies. Ross is survived by his four children, four grandchildren, and sister: Lance Koepnick (son) and James Black of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Dale Koepnick (son) and wife, Betsy Koepnick and Reid Koepnick (grandson) of Naperville, IL; Bruce Koepnick (son) and Phyllis Newman of Plainfield, IL; Jill Sales (daughter) and husband, Rafael Saenz and Devin Sales (grandson), Dylan Sales (grandson) and Maggie Saenz (stepgranddaughter) of San Antonio, TX; and Joy Kapsala (sister) of Sun City West, AZ. Ross' children will gather by their father's side in San Antonio during Christmas, prior to Ross being cremated and sent to his final resting next to his wife, Nancy, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Skokie, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. You are invited to sign the guestbook at Arrangements were made with Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio, TX, 210-495-8221,

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Dec. 30, 2012