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Harlan "Shorty" Koeppen

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Harlan "Shorty" Koeppen, 82, passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at his residence in Sioux City.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with Rev. Ray Kruger officiatong. Burial will be in the Afton Township Cemetery at rural Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Thursday. Visitation will begin today from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

Harlan "Shorty" Koeppen
Harlan was born on Dec. 4, 1927 in Galva Township in Ida County, to William and Frieda Koeppen. He attended rural schools in the Galva area, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1950. He served in Germany during the Korean War and returned home in 1952. He was married to Leona Johnson on June 8, 1956 at Storm Lake. After moving to Sioux City, he worked in the auto body repair industry for several years, and also worked in elevator construction for seven years before he retired in 1989. He had lived in Sioux City for many years. He was a member of the L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. in Cherokee and the American Legion. Harlan enjoyed the time he spent visiting with his family and friends.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Leona , on Sept. 2, 2000; a daughter, Rhonda Koeppen Byers; a brother. Harold Koeppen; two sisters-in-law, Fern Koeppen and Mabel Koeppen; and a brother-in-law, Frank Smith.

He is survived by one son, Mahlon Koeppen of Prescott, Ariz.; three grandsons: Alex, Jack and Kayle Koeppen; four brothers: Erick Koeppen of Gary, S.D., Bernhardt (Monica) Koeppen of Milford,, Dean Koeppen of South Sioux City, Neb.; and Glen (Carol) Koeppen of Lakewood, Colo.; one sister: Virginia Smith of Sebastian, Texas; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Koeppen of Crystal, Minn.; also many nieces and nephews.