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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Robert John Koppes

October 27, 1928June 28, 2019
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Robert “Bob” John Koppes, son of Bertha and Harold Koppes, died on June 28, 2019. He was 90 years old. Bob resided in Kansas City, Missouri for the past thirty years after leaving Prairie Village, Kansas for architectural positions in Davenport, Iowa; Kalamazoo, Michigan and Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 68 years, Carolyn Jane Russell Koppes, daughter Martha Sinovic (Bill) of Leawood, Kansas and their children Emily, Adam ( Libby), and Seth (Lauren); son Seth Koppes (Molly) of Scottsdale, Arizona and their children Jessica Cohan (Chasen), Remy, and Gabrielle; daughter Ellen Brewer (Kent) of St. Louis, Missouri and their children Russell (Rachelle), Katie, and Joel (Kim); daughter Ruth Redlingshafer (Ryan) of St. Louis, Missouri and their children J. Ryan (Liz), Jacob, and Joseph; and daughter Sarah Hurwitz (Richard) of Telluride, Colorado and their children Caleb and Phoebe Hurwitz. He was additionally blessed with a multitude of great grandchildren (Adelaide, Harlow, Matthew, Joseph, Michael, Karl and Louis).

Bob was raised in Bellevue, Iowa with his sister Lois McGannon who preceded him in death. He served as a seaman in the United States Navy before attending and graduating from Kansas University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He served on many boards most notably as President of the Missouri Council of Architecture, President the American Institute of Architecture in Kansas City, President of the Serra Club, President of St. Ann’s Parish Council, Board Member (two terms) Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bob will be remembered for his creativity, artistic talents, attention to detail, his love of a good project and his devotion to his home and family. Bob was proudest of his kids but a close second was his work ethic. He was a practicing architect for over 50 years and involved in the design and supervision of 100's of projects—primarily churches and schools. Additionally he spent many years creating plans for, and assisting in the designing of each of his five children’s homes. Bob was also a devoted coach and attendee at the many sporting events his children and grandchildren participated. He loved watching all sports.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Bob’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter, 3846 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS, 66208.

  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association--Heart of America Chapter

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Phyllis McCoy Karschner

July 16, 2019

Remembering my childhood with Carolyn in Blanchard, IA and wondering where life took her. My daughters came across Robert's obituary and I wanted to send my condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. Phyllis McCoy Karschner

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