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Loren Groepper

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Loren Groepper, 85, of Kingsley, died peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living in Remsen.

Loren was born July 21, 1926, at Remsen, the son of Adolph and Katie (Rochau) Groepper.

Loren attended country school through the eighth grade. He then began his 64 years of farming in Marcus, Remsen and the Kingsley areas.

On Dec. 31, 1946, he was married to Verna Vehe at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen. Verna died Dec. 22, 2009.

Loren and Verna made their home in rural Kingsley since the spring of 1970. During the early 1970s, he worked for Switzer -- Beeson at the Sioux City Stockyards for several years.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Kingsley.

Loren enjoyed farming, raising livestock, playing cards and most of all spending time with family.

Survivors include two sons, Gary (Shyla) Groepper and David (Darcy) Groepper, both of Kingsley; three daughters, Donna (Dennis) Hoss of Yankton, S.D., Dianne (Shelton) Mack of Mitchell, S.D., and Patty Berkenpas and her special friend, Tim Koopman of Le Mars; grandchildren Jan (Chad) Pickner of Sioux City, Carin (Brian) Huber, Yankton, S.D., Wendi Henglefelt of Mitchell, S.D., Justin Mack and fiancÚ, Ashley Vetch of Mitchell, S.D., Mark Groepper of Omaha, Neb., Brett and Danielle Groepper, both of Kingsley, Denae (Matt) Erickson of Granger, Abbie (Tim) Susie of Kingsley, Stephanie Groepper of Puyallup, Wash., Craig Berkenpas and special friend, Trista Ludwig and Mike (Becky) Berkenpas of Le Mars; great-grandchildren Alex Slagle and Sam Huber, both of Yankton, S.D., Madelynn Henglefelt of Mitchell, S.D., Clarissa Groepper of Puyallup, Wash., Dax and Piper Erickson of Granger, Kaden and Karson Ludwig, and Gunnar Berkenpas of Le Mars; stepgreat-grandchildren, Chase Huber of Yankton, S.D., Brayden Paskert, Kennedy and Kole Ludwig, all of Le Mars. Also surviving is his sister, Alice Shanahan of Dakota City, Neb., and three sisters-in-law, Kathleen Groepper, Esther Groepper and Velma Payne, and many nieces and nephews.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Verna, son, Steven Groepper (6-27-71), a grandson, Spc. Chad Groepper (2-17-08); a son-in-law, Doug Berkenpas (12-20-04); a great-granddaughter Claire Pickner (6-17-06); four sisters, Viola Berding, Mable Groepper, Lillie Nestor and Edna Dunne, six brothers, Ernest, Harry, Walter, Clarence, Alvin and Kenneth Groepper; three sisters-in-law, Alta DeRocher, Dorothy Cote and Mary Trometer and a brother-in-law, Ervin Vehe.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. Duane Miesner officiating followed with burial at Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church. Family will be present from 12:30-2 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley.