Melvin P. Poepping


Melvin P. Poepping, age 87 of New Munich, passed away after a short illness on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Roger Klassen, O.S.B., officiating and Rev. Ken Thielman concelebrating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Melvin Peter Poepping was born May 24, 1926, in Grove Township, Stearns County, to Gerhard and Philomena (Vornbrock) Poepping. He was united in marriage to Ermalinda Dickhaus on May 27, 1952, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. Melvin served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and then took over the family farm. He moved to New Munich in 1984. He enjoyed farming, fishing, card playing and the casino. Melvin also adored his time with family and friends, especially his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, St. Leo Court 786 Catholic Order of Foresters, American Legion Post 101 and St. Joseph’s Men’s Society.

He is survived by his wife, Erma Poepping of Melrose; children, Ann (Michael) Barten of Greenwald, Donna (Leander) Loehr of Elrosa, Toby Poepping of Melrose, Phil (Bonnie) Poepping of New Munich, Dennis Poepping of Freeport and Tim (Dawn) Poepping of Cheyenne, Wyo.; fourteen grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Theodore Poepping, Anthony Poepping, Sylvester Poepping, Juletta Piekarski and Alvina Mayers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Serving as casket bearers were his six children, Ann, Donna, Toby, Phil, Dennis and Tim. Cross bearer was Preston Poepping and scripture bearer was Josh Poepping. Gift bearers were Jason Barten, Chris Barten, Jodi Waltzing and Nicki Poepping. Readers were Joel Barten and Cindy Hoffman. Petitions were by Darrin Loehr and Missy Frieler. Honorary bearers were the Catholic Order of Foresters and St. Joseph’s Men’s Society.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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