OBITUARY

Lawrence J. Koopman

December 8, 1933February 19, 2021
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Lawrence Koopman, 87 years young, passed away February 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 8, 1933 to the late Henry and Agnes Smith Koopman.

Dad was called home by the Lord to spend eternity with the love of his life, his wife of 66 years, Darlene. He is survived by five children; Peter Koopman (Peggy), Becky Koopman Adams (Bob), Ron Koopman (Melinda), Kathy Hash and Mary Kraha (Tony); ten grandchildren, Emily Broderick (Adam), Amy Niemeier (Art), Melanie Clemmer (Tyson), Eric Koopman (Sarah), Ashley Huber (Paul), Roxanne Koopman (Kara), Amanda Smith, Becca Koopman, Tyler Adkinson (Erin) and Amy Brose (Kay); 18 great grandchildren, Sy and Jonah Broderick; Alton Niemeier; Brody, Troy and Audrey Clemmer; Ethan, Noah, Allie, and Parker Koopman; Nicholas and Rocelynn Koren; Chloe, Emma Deweese, Isla Elswick, Benjamin Adkinson; Emma and Mason Brose; three brothers, Raymond (Shirley) Koopman, Charles (Mary Ellen) Koopman and Norbert (Mary) Koopman; in-laws, Vincent (Martha Lee) Stumler, Carol (Richard) Ralph and Judy (Steve) Schleicher.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Darlene Koopman; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Stumler; two brothers, Bernard Koopman and Eddie (Joy) Koopman; two brother-in-laws, Donnie and Jim.

Dad worked till he was 80 years old. His career started at Louisville Gas and Electric, he then started his own electrical business (Star Electric) with the assistance of his two sons and nephews. After several years he sold the business to his nephew, Larry Stumler, he then moved to General Electric where he retired at the age of 65. Then along with partners, Mike McMahon, Bill Wead, and Dan Dewitt, started a new business, Test and Controls International where he retired at the age of 80, having worked alongside his grandson Eric for the last 17 years, who continues to carry on his legacy with TCI. Dad was blessed to be surrounded by many friends, family and neighbors whom he truly cherished.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 East Spring Street.

A Private Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church- Starlight Indiana, 8310 St. John Road, Floyds Knobs, IN 47119 with burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Brandon's House Counseling Center, 1618 Beeler St., New Albany, Indiana, 47150 https://www.brandonshousein.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Burial

    Monday, February 22, 2021

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Lawrence J. Koopman

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Albert Huth

February 26, 2021

Lawrence was a first cousin of mine on my mother side of the family, When I was growing up in Ill. our family would go to Indiana and visit our relatives the Koopmans and the Huths. We had great times, but as the years roll by we all have our own families and lose touch. Although I went to one of the last Koopman reunions, and saw and visited with everyone. Since then a lot of my relatives in Indiana have gone on to heaven. I do miss all those good times as a youngster. May God bless Lawrence and his family. I know he is in heaven.

Miranda Stumler

February 22, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Lawrence. We've been praying for him since Darlene passed. I hope you are comforted with many memories and find comfort knowing he is reunited with Darlene. ❤ prayers for your family.- starlight neighbor

Sandy & John Peterson

February 21, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss. Lawrence was such an interesting man to talk to. He truly knew the meaning of hard work and good morals and set the standard high. He was always genuinely interested in what was going on in our lives, be it family, work or travel. He and Darlene were quite a team! They always enjoyed the Koopman family reunions! Cherish the memories family. May he Rest In Peace with Darlene and the rest of his loved ones.
Sandy and John

Michael Mcmahon

February 21, 2021

There are few people that come into this world and leave such an indelible mark with their uncanny ability to see the good in every person that crosses their path throughout their lives. Larry was one of these special people. I am thankful to have the pleasure of knowing Larry for so many years.

May he rest in peace.

Mark Motyka

February 21, 2021

Dear Eric and family

We share great memories of your grandad working together at GE years ago.

Our prayers are with you

Mark and Victoria Motyka

Larry Stumler

February 20, 2021

Dear Family
Jo & I are so wishing we were there with all of you, Brothers, Sisters, family & friends to remember, reminisce, & celebrate the life of “Your Dad” our “Uncle Lawrence”.
From my early memories of coming to your house to eat & play, to our family camping trips together & the opportunities “Uncle Lawrence” gave me & so many others.
He was respected, gentle but subtle & a dedicated mentor to me. He was so willing to teach me the tools, methods & respect for the electrical trade.
From my very first opportunity to work with him some 54 years ago in 1967 at Christ Gospel Church in Jeffersonville, (a new building addition), to the 1st building for Koetter Woodworking from Tom’s garage/chicken house, to a new Jay C grocery store in Charlestown In 1971, & many others in between, he taught me “so much”, that shaped my life & still lives on to teach others & provide a livelihood for so many others. I will remember him & thank him forever! He taught me so much!
He must now move on to be with the Lord & meet back up with
“The love of his life Darlene”, his Mom & Dad, extended family & friends who have moved on from this life.
As we grieve for a while, we will all miss him, but we know he is again “Forever Happy”.

Love Always
Jo & Larry Stumler

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