Howard D. "Howie" Koplitz
1938 - 2012
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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.

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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1025 Oregon Street

(920) 236-7750


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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Jan. 4, 2012.
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January 13, 2012
The Birmingham (Alabama) Barons' last 20-game winner. 23-3 in 1961, 230 innings pitched. Quite a year!
Old Fan
January 10, 2012
All "south siders" knew Howie as a great sportsman!.. Not sure whether he knew Tom Nass, another great pitcher from Oshkosh. Would really have been something to see both in a game. Good time and memories to grow up in...GOD BLESS!
Alvin Schneider
January 10, 2012
Karen, so sorry to read of Howie's passing. I think he and my brother "Whitey" are in heaven tossing a ball around and talking of the good ole days. You and your family are in my prayers. May your memories be a source of comfort.
Judy (Kaufmann ) Brandt
January 10, 2012
Sorry for the loss to the Koplitz family and friends. I enjoyed the time that I had spent with Howie and his family growing up. Thoroughly enjoyed his sense of humor. My prayer are with you.
Phil Wolff
January 7, 2012
Shirley and the whole Koplitz family. I am saddened for your loss , but know his name is written on many hearts.
January 7, 2012
Im so sorry for your loss.. he will be missed.. Howie was a wonderful man and i enjoyed my time taking care of him.. You all are in my thoughts and prayers
Heather Martens
January 6, 2012
To the Koplitz Family: Mr. Koplitz was a hero of mine when I was growing up. He was one of my favorite pitchers with the Washington Senators. He was always very kind to the kids at the stadium posing for photos and signing autographs. I had the occasion to correspond with him a few years back and he was the same kind, wonderful person. I feel honored that I had the chance to meet him and see him play. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family of this fine man.
Todd Bolton
January 5, 2012
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
brad miller
January 5, 2012
You have my sincere sympathy. I am the coffee lady from Mike's Family Restaurant where the postal guys come every Monday morning. He truly has been missed there. Debra Korsch
D Korsch
January 5, 2012
Dear Karen and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you in this time of sorrow and always.

An old neighbor,

Susie Trudell-Riggs
Sun City AZ
January 4, 2012
sorry for your loss our prayers are with you robert and lori coleman
robert coleman
January 4, 2012
I am so very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed spending time with Howard and taking care of him. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.If you need anything at all please don't hesitate to call me. I can't come to his service because I have to work but will be thinking of you.
Sue Smith
January 4, 2012
We always enjoyed Howie's sense of humor. We are so sorry for your loss. We are out of state and will be unable to attend the funeral but you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve and Carol Reigh
January 4, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Rod, Steph, Mal and Alissa Schultz
January 4, 2012
I am so very sorry for the loss of a great man in your family. I will be unable to attend the visitation/funeral due to my teaching schedule, but I will be there in spirit to lend support to all of you! I truly have many wonderful memories of growing up and spending a great deal of time in the presence of Howie and Karen in your household. He was a wonderful man who impacted so very many people in his lifetime.
Joe Lewis
January 4, 2012
I was sorry to hear of Howie's passing. My condolences to the family. May the memories of his smiles and laughter bring happiness.
Debbie Jagodzinski
former co-worker
Debbie Jagodzinski
January 4, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, we are sorry for your loss.

Ron, Crystal & Karisa Mulvey
January 4, 2012
Kelly Blank
January 4, 2012
To the Koplitz family, I wish to express my heart felt sorrow for your loss, Howie was indeed one of a kind. Today in heaven there are some sharing a good laugh and he probably is sitting down and having a beer who knows maybe with my Dad, God Bless all of you.

Cubby
January 4, 2012
Karen, my condolences to you and your family.Howie was a great guy, great athlete and great friend.He will be missed.

Bob Miller( team mate)
January 4, 2012
I am so saddened for your loss. I will forever miss walking my dog Wrigley past the house, waving and saying "HI" to Howie sitting in his chair on the porch as we walked by on those warm summer nights. His smile was amazing and Wrigley would wag her tail extra hard when he called her name. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
~Peace~
Digger
Dawn Kaufmann
January 4, 2012
I will miss Howie's wonderful smile when he would come into the Credit Union. He was a kind and caring man and husband. My prayers go out to Karen and all his children My God keep each of you in his love and know I'm praying for each of you for peace and happy memories. Hold on tight to all of those memories. May God bless each of you. Love Kay Molinski
January 4, 2012
Our sympathy goes out to Karen and family.
I worked with Howie for many years. He was a great worker and a good friend.
I have a SIGNED minor league player of the year from Howie. It is just a bit higher on my wall than my signed Mickey Mantle card. He'll always be my baseball hero.
Eric and MiMi Miller
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