Dennis Dotson Koeppen
1942 - 2020

Dennis Dotson Koeppen

August 19, 1942 - September 30, 2020

On September 30, 2020, Dennis Dotson Koeppen passed into the loving arms of Jesus. Dennis died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. He battled lung cancer and heart disease until his final breath on earth.

He was born on August 19, 1942, in Cowlitz General Hospital, Longview, Wash. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward L. and Helen M. Koeppen. Survivors include: a sister, Connie L. Gray, Longview, Wash., wife Deborah M. Koeppen, Tumwater, Wash., daughters Adele S. Dowlin, Oakdale, Calif., and Evelyn R. Hall, Fayetteville, NC. Grandchildren include: Carson and Isabelle Dowlin; Connor and Cayleigh Hall. He has numerous nieces and nephews.

Dennis graduated from R. A. Long High School, Longview, WA. in 1960.

Dennis enjoyed music and playing guitar, particularly Country and Rhythm and Blues. He enjoyed jamming with his longtime friend, Dan Whyms, who performed in a Johnny Cash Tribute Show around the world. Dan remained a close friend until the road for Dennis ended.

Family and friends remember Dennis as a positive and upbeat person. He always seemed to discover the plus side of seemingly negative obstacles and challenges we all face in life. His faith beliefs kept him hopeful and trusting that the future will be glorious and eternal in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to hold a large gathering. The family is planning to hold a Celebration of Life gathering near Dennis's Birthday in August 2021.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published by The Daily News on Oct. 13, 2020.
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I became friends with Dennis in the 9th grade at Monticello Jr. High in Longview, WA. We met at gym class on the basketball court. We found out that we were born on the same day, same year, but different hospitals, in Longview. Even though Dennis was physically challenged by his bout of polio, he overcame that by his courageous effort to never give up on the court, playing for every point. This caused me to admire him for that and like him immensely for his spot on personality. We were best friends all the way thru High School and beyond. We worked together as gas station attendants, amateur mechanics, tire changers, car washers and waxers, at Judd McAleers Union 76 station in Longview. In 1967 we shared a house while attending WWU in Bellingham. I loved Dennus, his death leaves a hole in my life that will never be filled.
-Bill Halstenrud
Bill Halstenrud
October 30, 2020
Dennis was a wonderful guy. I crew up with him in Longview. We got to know each other in junior high school and high school. Dennis and I were good friends in our teen years and then we spent a lot of time together hanging out with our custom old cars and going to dances and all that fun teenage stuff including girl friends. He will be truly missed by all.
John Gerrits
October 23, 2020
Sending love and light to family and friends. Holding you in my heart Deborah.
October 20, 2020
I'll treasure the 50+ yrs. of a beautiful friendship we shared, forever.
Dan Whyms
October 20, 2020