Francis Koppen

Francis Raymond Koppen

Thursday, July 11th, 1929 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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Francis Raymond Koppen, 90, of Dubuque, completed his journey on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Private burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., is entrusted with arrangements. Please share memories and condolences at

Francis was born July 11, 1929 in Cassville, WI. It was love at first sight when he met Norma Jean McNamer, and they married. They were blessed with over 70 years together. Francis and Norma were happiest when they were together.

Francis was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Dubuque Stone Products. Francis was a member of the Dubuque Rifle and Pistol Club, and started the Dubuque Gun Shows. Later, along with his wife, Norma, they started the Dubuque Arts & Crafts Shows, the Dubuque Flea Market & Antique Shows, in which he participated for 60 years. Francis also enjoyed his volunteering with the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest where he served as a volunteer and Vice President. Francis will be missed.

Surviving are his sons, Ronald C. Koppen of Dubuque, and Jerome F. (Julie) Koppen of East Dubuque, IL; his granddaughter, Paula Jean Hammel of Howell, MI; his grandson Jayde A. Griffin; his great grandchildren, Derrick Janson of Dubuque and Brittani (Tony) Zammit of Howell, MI; and his great great grandchildren, Michael, Thomas, and Abigail Zammit of Howell, MI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean in 2017; his daughter Barbara Jean; and his son, Steven.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Francis R. Koppen Memorial Fund.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
    Dubuque Memorial Gardens
    8209 Jecklin Ln.
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    Rev Dianne Grace
  • Interment

    Dubuque Memorial Gardens
    8209 Jecklin Ln.
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Wray Childers

Posted at 06:12pm
Our condolences. Wray and Julie Childers

Donna Johnson

Posted at 12:57pm
Sorry to hear about your dad, sending hugs . Larry and Donna Johnson

Elaine Kray

Posted at 10:31am
Sincere sympathies and kind thoughts to Jerome and all of his family during this difficult time.
- Elaine Kray, Dubuque

Tom & Linda Culbertson

Posted at 10:55pm
Our deepest sympathy to Ron, Jerome & Family.
Norma & Francis were great neighbor's for the 25 years we lived on Carter Road.
Tom & Linda Culbertson

Tom Raschke

Posted at 04:36pm
I remember helping Ron and Francis replace a wooden support beam with a steel support beam in Ron's basement about 30 or so years ago. Of course there was an open discussion between Ron and Francis about the best way to do this in a safe manner, and maybe even a slight difference in opinion between the two as I recall. After their exchange and critiquing of ideas, they somehow convinced me that the jacks they installed would prevent the house flooring from collapsing. Thankfully, they were right.

My sympathy to Ron, Jerome, and their families.


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