Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
The memorial service will be live streamed by Redeemer Lutheran Church, to their Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Please follow one of these links to watch the stream:
Saturday, October 24, 1931
Date of Death:
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
89 years old
A memorial service for Douglas William Koepsell will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester with Rev. Benjamin Loos officiating. The family requests that all guests wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines at the church. The memorial service will be live streamed by Redeemer Lutheran, to their Facebook and YouTube pages: Redeemer Lutheran Facebook
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Doug was born October 24, 1931, in Worthington, Minnesota to Edith and Al Koepsell. His grandmother Genny Carlson, a midwife, assisted the birth at the Koepsell home. Doug attended Worthington Junior College before entering the Air Force, where he served for four years instructing electronics at Scott Air Force Base. When he returned to Worthington following the Air Force, he met Mary Carol Bohrer at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Worthington. They were married August 31, 1957. He and Mary moved to Moorhead, Minnesota where Doug finished his teaching degree at Moorhead State. He taught business in Delavan, Minnesota before moving with his family to St. Paul where he furthered his education and became a high school counselor. He worked as a guidance counselor in Cambridge, Minnesota for 33 years. After retiring in 1996, he and Mary moved to a lake home in Pine City and then moved to Rochester in 2004.
Mr. Koepsell died August 31, 2021 at Shorewood Commons on what would have been his and Mary’s 64th wedding anniversary.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary and brother, Rock. He is survived by his children and their families: Joyce Koepsell; Janice, Tom, and Hannah Zdrazil; Scott, Shari, Adam, and Alex, Margaret, Jade and Odin Koepsell.
Doug had a variety of interests – golf, fishing, cars, snowmobiles, birds, flea markets, auctions, and more – but the two most important things to him were his family and his faith. Doug and Mary met at St. Matthew’s in Worthington and continued to serve God throughout their lives. They were honored to be part of a church plant that became Joy Lutheran Church in Cambridge. His kindness and sense of humor will be missed.
Memorials are preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Salvation Army (Rochester) or Channel One Food Bank.
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I will always remember how welcoming Doug was whether at Joy, in the Cambridge Community or at the Purple Hawk. He would catch the eyes of our children, Michael and Katie, when he sang with the choir in the balcony. Always a twinkle and a smile. He and Mary were wonderful mentors and examples of Christian faith. Their legacy will live on. "Konnie with a K."
I was so sorry to see the news about Douglas. He was a special classmate. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So sorry to hear this news. Doug was such a very special gentleman. I worked with him at Oakland and he was such a kind soul to everyone he touched whether it was a student or a staff member. He made my life better having known him.
So sorry to hear this. Doug was a special guy. Many wonderful memories with him and Mary.
As my high school counselor, Mr. Koepsell was instrumental in assisting me in correcting an error in judgement. With his care and persistence he aided me in graduating near honors. I have never forgotten his gentleness and encouragement. Praying your memories ease your loss and bring you joy as you celebrate his life.🙏🙏🙏🙏
Joyce, Janice, Scott, and families! I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He always seemed like such a nice man!
Kim (Dahl) Schmidt
Sympathies to all of you. He and all of you were a blessing in my life and the all the Peterson family.
We so enjoyed Mr. Koepsell when we were in high school in Cambridge. Condolences to his family on losing a wonderful man.