Leo Anton Koppinger


Koppinger, Leo_ovalSeptember 30, 1928 ~ July 13, 2016

Leo A. Koppinger, 85, of Brandon, died Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.

Family Visitation will be 6-7pm, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, with a Prayer Service at 7pm at Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon. Funeral Mass will be 11am, Wednesday, July 27, also at Risen Savior with Full Military Honors. A private burial at the Brandon Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Leo Anton Koppinger was born August 2, 1930, to George and Suzanne (Kohl) Koppinger in New England, ND. He attended school and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in New England. He then attended Creighton University for one year before enlisting in the Air Force. After his discharge, Leo met Jean Hanson and the two were married on May 12, 1955, in New England. The couple moved around a bit before landing in Madison, SD to raise their family and run the Lake Park Motel. In 1979, they moved to Sioux Falls to own and operate the Lindendale Lodge and later, the Briteway Laundromat. Leo retired in 1996 and he and Jean moved to Brandon in 2011.

Leo loved to spend his time hunting, fishing, cheering for the Twins, and always playing cards; Pinochle, Rattle, or Cribbage. His fun loving side found him and a friend, in his canoe, hunting ducks in his swimming pool at the Lake Park Motel. Leo was also a very caring and generous person who would often forgive the motel charges for guests who might be traveling through and had no money to pay. Leo was especially proud of his family and will be eternally missed by all.

Leo will be deeply missed by his wife of 61 years, Jean; eight children, Wendy (Ron) Lauck, Madison, Juanita Flemming, Sioux Falls, Lora (Rick) Gonder, Sterling, VA, Guy Koppinger, Sioux Falls, Marilyn Braaten, Redfield, Teresa (Dave) Geiver, Brandon, Rhonda Stoddard, Brandon, and Tyler (Lynne) Koppinger, Sioux Falls; seventeen grandchildren, Tony, Andy, Ryan, Jesse, Nicole, Andy, Adam, Jacob, Ari, Ian, Eli, Isaac, Aiden, Tory, Taylor, Samantha, and Kyle; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Colter, Lydia, Oliver, and Piper; and one great-great-granddaughter, Maylee.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, George and Suzanne (Kohl), and two brothers, Donald and Matthew.

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  • Kristin McMartin/ Derek Engelbrecht says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Koppinger family.

  • Bobbie & Bill Moore says:

    We recognize Mr. Koppinger’s health was a struggle in recent times and we hold the entire family in our thoughts and prayers. May we all feel the peace and comfort of God’s grace.


    Bobbie and Bill Moore

  • Family of Leo Koppinger:
    Our deepest and sincerest sympathy.

    Craig,Mary Mehlhaff

  • Monsignor Charles M. Mangan says:

    +J.M.J.+ Dear Teresa and Family, May +Leo Anton rest in peace. I offered the Holy Mass here in Krakow, Poland during World Youth Day for the happy repose of his Soul. May Jesus and Mary bless the Koppingers and all who mourn the passing of +Leo Anton.

  • Barb Brandes says:

    To all my former neighbors, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Praying that the Lord will comfort you all during these difficult days. Please give my condolences to your Mom as well.

    Sorry to say, but my one clear memory of your Dad, is walking in the back door of your house, and smelling him eating his pickled pigs feet!

  • Kathy Robbins says:

    Dear Teresa, I offer my sympathy and prayers to you and your family for the passing of your Dad. Yours truly, Kathy

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