Leo Anton Koppinger
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.