Robert "Bob" Koepp, age 82, of Milford, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Milford. He was born on Jan. 10, 1932, in Arlington, S. D., to Paul Emil Koepp and Jennie Stofferan.
Bob graduated from Webb Consolidated Schools, Iowa State University, with a bachelor of science degree and the University of Michigan, with a masters of arts degree. He served his country in the United States Army, during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. Bob was united in marriage to Sara Higgins in Webb for 59 years.
Bob worked in the advertising business in the Detroit area, Berkley and Co. in Spirit Lake, served as personnel director of Stylecraft of Milford, before retiring in 1994. During his retirement, he became active in the antique and collectibles trade under the name of Yesterthings and helped his son in Sweet Memories Candy Shop in Arnolds Park Amusement Park.
Bob served as Chairman of the Dickinson County Democrats, the Spirit Lake City Council, the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, as president of the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church of Troy, Mich., as president of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, the Detroit Chapter of Children's International Summer Village and the Greater Detroit Memorial Society.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sara Koepp; three children, Kathryn Lappegard, Susan Turner and David Koepp, and his wife, Rabab; sister, Alice Lehman, and her husband, Richard; eight grandchildren, Brendan Requa, Joe Lappegard, Courtney Lappegard, Nathan Ardolino, Addison Ardolino, Jacqueline Ardolino, Zachary Koepp and Alexander Koepp; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Koepp; and step-mother, Helen Conn-Koepp
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Higgins-Koepp Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Buena Vista University, 610 4th Street, Storm Lake, Iowa, 50588.
The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.