PEORIA - Joseph F. Koeppel, age 78, of Peoria passed away at 12:11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
He was born July 16, 1936, in Peoria to Roland and Bessie (Honold) Koeppel. He married Donna Jean Hageman on Sept. 20, 1958, in Peoria. She survives, along with two sons, Joseph R. (Chris) Koeppel of Peoria and Daniel P. (Alicia R.) Koeppel of Olive Branch, Miss.; four grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Jonathon and Jacquelyn; one brother, James A. Koeppel of Peoria; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roland Koeppel.
Joe served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1955 to 1963. He was a master carpenter for 20 years, working out of Local 183. He also worked at Keystone and then was an inspector for the city of Peoria for over 25 years, retiring in 1989.
He was a lifelong member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Peoria. Joe was ordained permanent deacon by the Peoria Diocese's Bishop John Myers on May 9, 1992. He was the spiritual director for the Watch Program at St. Ann's, was active in Cursillo and taught CCD.
Joe loved sports. He taught Little League when his kids were young, was active in Peoria area golf leagues and bowled in the Peoria Brothers Tournament.
He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 44 years.
Visitation will be today, Aug. 21, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. A prayer service will be today at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Peoria. Additional visitation will be Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in West Peoria.
Memorials may be made to St. Ann's Church.
Please view Joe's obituary online at www.Davison-Fulton.com.
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