Funeral Services for Clarion Louis Popp will be held on Saturday, December 29th at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron, MN. with Rev. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be held at Christ the King on Friday, Dec. 28th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service.
Mr. Popp, 73 of Byron, MN passed away on December 24th at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN after battling Parkinson’s disease.
Clarion Louis Popp was born in Lakefield, MN on December 17th, 1939. He grew up farming in Lanesboro, and then graduated from Rochester High School in 1958. Clarion enlisted in the Navy in 1961 and later attended the U.S. Navy electrician’s school, he went on to graduate and become an electrician mate. He married Kathleen Jahns on August 4, 1962 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Rochester, MN. Later, Clarion served on the U.S.S. INTREPID-CVS 11, until 1966. He enjoyed fishing, helping others, and spending time with his family and faith.
In 1966, Clarion started working at IBM as an electrician. Between1973-1984, he resided near Byron and was very dedicated to working full time at IBM, farming, and raising his family. He transferred with IBM to Tucson, AZ in 1984 and relocated with his family for 5 years down to Arizona. He returned to Byron in 1989 and retired from IBM in 1996 after serving over 30 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Kathy Popp of Byron, MN, mother-in-law, Dorothy Jahns of Albert Lea, MN, 4 children: son David (wife: Leann- children: Kenny, Katie, Kelly, Kevin) Popp of Campbell, CO, Jeff (wife: Mauri-children: Jamie and Nathan) Popp of Castle Rock, CO, Brenda (children: Sarah and Rachael) Ramirez of Round Lake, IL, and Karen Popp of Dodge Center, MN (granddogs: Duncan, Sullivan, and Addison), and sisters, Genevieve and Delores of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Anna Popp, brother, Laurence Popp, and sisters, Anna, Delores, Mary, and Vivian.
Burial (internment), with military honors, will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea, MN at 2:00 p.m. following the funeral service and luncheon.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th Street SE, Rochester, MN. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.