Earl A. Koeppe, 81 died Friday, May 22, 1998 at his home in rural Waverly.
Earl was born Sept. 11, 1916 at Pierce Neb., the son of August and Mary (Earl) Koeppe.
Earl attended schools at Pierce and Randolph, Neb. graduating in 1934 from the Randolph High School.
On Dec. 26, 1940, Earl married Metta Clausen at Belden, Neb. by the Rev. Lawrence Yost. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Karen Anita and Michael Earl.
Earl worked for 20 years at heating and air conditioning. He held a plumbers boiler license.
In 1950, Earl and Metta purchased a small farm at Loretto, Minn. There Earl started a small dairy herd while continuing to work at his trade. In May 1956, they purchased a larger farm at Waverly, Minn., increased the size of the dairy herd, farmed and continued to work at Wayzata.
On June 19, 1958, Earl had a near fatal farm accident costing him his right leg. However, he continued to farm with the assistance of his son Michael. The dairy herd was increased and another 40 acres of farmland was purchased.
In September 1982, Earl semi-retired. The dairy herd was sold, but he and Michael continued to farm the land.
In April 1997, Earl was diagnosed with cancer. He remained at home until his death.
Earl loved farming and was an ardent reader of history and biographies. His hobby was refinishing old furniture.
Earl is survived by his wife of 57 years, Metta; daughter Karen of St. Paul, son Michael and his wife Suzanne of Howard Lake, grandson Adam of St. Cloud, and one sister, Edith Bloomfield of Santa Maria, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and four brothers.
Memorial services were Tuesday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walker United Methodist Church, Howard Lake with the Rev. Marvin Repinski officiating. Music was by Diane Johnson.
Private interment was May 28 at the Howard Lake Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Inc., Cokato and Howard Lake.