Howard D. "Howie" Koplitz, died at Eden Meadows on Monday, January 2, 2012. Born to Eldor and Esther (Diestler) Koplitz on May 4, 1938. Howard was an Oshkosh High School Indian and proud of it. On July 7, 1962 he married Karen Kimball, they have enjoyed 49 years together.
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A big fan of State and local sports teams, Howard enjoyed anything that required a ball or a puck. He played professional baseball for 10 years with the Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators. In 1961 he was Minor League Player of the Year. Howard retired after working 38 years as a United State Postal Service clerk in Oshkosh. He was a former director of the Snitz Club, the American Legion Baseball Organization, and the Postal Employees Credit Union. He coached baseball at Lourdes High School and will be remembered by many as a bird lover and coin collector. His personal "crafty" cards will be cherished.
Surviving Howard is his wife, Karen; children: Jeffrey (Ann) Koplitz, Kelly (Thomas) Sobojinski; Michael (Mandy) Koplitz; Jamie Koplitz; and Julie Schamens; grandchildren: Tawni (Rory) Karle, Logan Sobojinski, Brianna Durrant, Brooklyn Schamens, Spencer Schamens, Samuel Schamens, Zachary Schamens, and Rylan Elizabeth Koplitz; brothers, Kenneth (Joan) Koplitz and Larry (Carol) Koplitz; sister, Shirley (Dave) Treleven; sister-in-law, Dorothy Koplitz; brother-in-law, Richard (Judith) Kimball of Racine; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Marvin Koplitz.
Funeral services will be held for Howard at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 6, 2012, at First English Lutheran Church, 1013 Minnesota Street. A time for visiting and sharing memories will be held at the church on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Park. A memorial is being established. Please visit www.seefeldfuneral.com to share condolences.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Jan. 4, 2012