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Information for Kenneth Philip Keoppel

23 February, 1915 - 12 June, 1994

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

June, 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Kenneth Keoppel

    Kenneth Philip Keoppel, 79, of Nampa, went to heaven on June 12, 1994, after a 3-year battle with cancer.  His funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, at the Karcher Church of the Nazarene, corner of Middleton and Karcher roads.  Rev. Richard Mark, pastor of the church will officiate and eulogies by Rev. Robert Miller and Dr. Harrison Davis.  Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa..
    Kenneth was born Feb. 23, 1915, in St. Anthony, Iowa, to Rev. Philip Keoppel and Edith (Richardson) Keoppel.  He was their fourth of four sons.  He grew up near Oskaloosa, Iowa, and graduated in 1937 with a B.A. in business from John Fletcher College in University Park, Iowa.
    He married Fern Fritch on June 3, 1939, at Morehead, Minnesota, and taught school in Iowa.  From 1943-1945 he served in Europe with the U.S. Army.  Following WWII, he did graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his Master of Science in Business in 1947.
    The family then moved to Pasadena, California, where Kenneth organized the Business Department at Pasadena College and taught 18 years. He also coached men's basketball and took the team to the N.A.I.A. National Tournament twice.  He also served on the N.A.I.A. West Coast Awards Committee.  Point Loma Nazarene College honored him by selecting him as the first member of their Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
    In 1965 they moved to Nampa where he taught at NNC.  In 1971 Kenneth and Fern went to Japan to teach at Japan Christian Junior College until his retirement in 1980.
    The surviving family members are his wife of 55 years, Fern, of Nampa, and their three daughters and a son, their spouses and 10 grandchildren.  They are Janell and Ben Moore and their children, Ken and Ted of Nampa; Peggy and Wally Nye of Medford and their children; Randy Nye of Boise, Joel and Jennifer Nye of Nampa and Wendy of Medford; Kay and Mel Blohm and their children, Ryan and Tiffany of Michigan and Dr. Kenneth Philip II (Kep) and Mary Ann Keoppel and their children, Kenneth Philip III (Trey), Cory and Jamie of Bethany, Oklahoma.
    Kenneth was preceded in death by 3 brothers.

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