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Joseph Koebbe


1930 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Joseph Koebbe

Dec. 15, 1930 - August 31, 2018

Doris Jean (Conia) Koebbe

Nov. 2, 1929 - July 3, 2018

CULVER, IN - Joe and Doris Koebbe, both formerly of Culver, have been born into Eternal Life and will remain together forever. Doris passed before what would have been the couple's 65th wedding anniversary on August 15. Joe and Doris were devout Catholics, and it is no coincidence that this past August 15 was also the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Joe was born to Bernard Henry and Charlotta Elizabeth (Dreier) Koebbe in St. Louis, MO. His family were parishioners of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church. He graduated from St. John the Baptist High School in 1948, and enlisted in the Army. The Army made him a medic and sent him to Officers' Candidate School at Ft. Sill in 1950. He was then assigned to the 933rd Field Artillery Unit and saw action in Korea. In 1952, he found himself stationed at the 130th Station Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany. Doris was born to Arnold and Dorothy (Boone) (Van) Conia in Evansville, IN. Her family, including her aunt Alma Boone, were parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She attended Memorial High School in Evansville, and graduated from Central High School in 1948. Doris graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Evansville, joined the Army, and graduated from basic training at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. LT Conia also found herself stationed at the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg in 1952, where she met LT Koebbe. Joe and Doris were reassigned to Camp Atterbury, just outside of Edinburg, IN, where they were married in Chapel 5 on August 15, 1953. They were both honorably discharged from the Army by the end of that year. Joe went into sales, and then management, which took the couple all over the Midwest. Doris kept up her nursing license and worked at various hospitals and clinics, including the infirmary at Culver Military Academy. They bought the old Burr Oak Hardware store and turned it into an antique shop during the 1980s. After several years of retirement, the couple headed south, first to Indianapolis, and then to Florida. Doris passed away in Hospice in Dunnellon, FL on July 3. She had been in declining health for the past decade. Joe moved back to Marshall County, where he was a very brief tenant at Miller's Assisted Living Center in Plymouth. He went to bed on August 30, and never woke up the next morning.

Joe was preceded in death by both of his parents and all seven of his siblings. Doris was preceded in death by both of her parents; her aunt, Alma Boone; and one brother, Robert Conia. The couple also lost a son, Kurt, in 1993. Joe and Doris had a large family that is now scattered across the country. They are Mark Koebbe of Wisconsin, Catherine Koebbe of Indiana, Jean (Rex) Schrimsher of Plymouth, Carl (Deborah) Koebbe of Georgia, and Eric Koebbe of Argos. Many grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren have resulted from these unions.

There will be no public services. A private Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Culver Masonic Cemetery at a later date.

The Van Gilder Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements for the Koebbe family. www.vangilderfuneralhome.com
Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 13, 2018
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