Robert L. "Whitey" Koppenhaver

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Robert L. "Whitey" Koppenhaver, 90, of Hegins, passed away Friday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born July 5, 1927, in Hegins, he was a son of the late Homer G. and Fronie E. Shadle Koppenhaver.

He was a 1945 graduate of the former Hegins Township High School.

Whitey served in the Army during the Korean War.

Whitey played professional baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. After entering the Army, he played for the 26th Infantry baseball team, winning the European Championship in 1951. After returning home from the Army, he played for the Williamsport Athletics and ended his baseball career in 1954 with the Baltimore Orioles.

He was a self-employed farmer.

He was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins. He was also a member of the Saint Clair Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame and the Pottsville Chapter of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Whitey was a life member of VFW Post 8237, Valley View, a former member of the Hegins Fire Company, and a former member of his church council. He was very active as a coach in Little League, teener league, Legion and Tri-Valley High School baseball.

His wife, Frances M. Bausinger Koppenhaver, passed away in 2013. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Guy K. Koppenhaver and Clair Koppenhaver; a sister, Iva Ney.

He is survived by two sons, James H. Koppenhaver and his wife, Lori, Halifax, and Timothy L. Koppenhaver, Hegins; two daughters, Janet L. Radel and her husband, Ron, Spring Glen, and Susan M. Klouser, Cocoa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins, with the Rev. Lauren Blatt officiating. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be made in Fountain Community Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Friedens Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 375, Hegins, PA 17938. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at

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Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 15, 2018
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