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,
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
and taught school in
From 1943-1945 he served in Europe with the U.S. Army.
Following WWII, he did graduate studies at the
and earned his Master of Science in Business in 1947.
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.
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
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.