Lawrence Poppel, 82, Breckenridge, Minn., died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at St. Catherine’s Living Center, Wahpeton, N.D.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, with the Rev. Morris W. Stephens Jr. and the Rev. Alan R. Werth officiating. Burial with military honors by the Wilkin County Honor Guard and the North Dakota National Guard will be held at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton. Organist will be Marge Hopkins with special music by Beth Dupree-soloist, Mindy Roller-soloist, Marge Hanson- accordion and Tim Bjorklund on the trumpet.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 with a 4 p.m. prayer service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Monday.

Pallbearers are all his grandchildren and honorary pallbearers are his great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials in memory of Lawrence to: St. Catherine’s Living Center, 1307 7th St. N, Wahpeton, ND 58075.

Lawrence Poppel was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Wahpeton, the son of Charles and Augusta (Stuehrenberg) Poppel. He attended country school District No. 78 in Nordick Township for eight years and then attended Breckenridge High School, graduating in 1948.

On Dec. 24, 1954 Lawrence was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Bjorklund in Sisseton, S.D. They made their home in section 12 Nordick Township where they farmed until October 1995 when they moved into Breckenridge.

In 1954 Lawrence entered the U.S. Army and was assigned to the U.S. Air Force at Hahn, Germany. After being discharged, he returned home and continued farming. He worked at Min-Dak Farmers Co-op for 10 winters driving sugar beet truck.

Lawrence was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s activities. Lawrence was an accomplished musician, he enjoyed playing his accordion at many different places and events.

He attended Christ Lutheran Church, Mitchell Township until 1995 where he was the Sunday School superintendent for many years and treasurer until moving into Breckenridge.

He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, a Nordick Township officer, a life member of the V.F.W., the American Legion and the Military Order of the Cooties.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Ruth Poppel, Breckenridge; sons, Mike (Carol) Poppel, Breckenridge, and Bruce (Cheryl) Poppel, Breckenridge; daughters, Monica (Richard) Miller, Fergus Falls, Minn., and Joan Poppel, Moorhead, Minn.; sisters: Margaret (Lyle) Barringer, Pelican Rapids, Minn., Della (Carlton) Albert, Bonker Springs, Kan., and Joyce (Roy) Michael, Hoffman, Ill.; nine grandchildren: Melissa McIntosh, Kevin Poppel, Sara Poppel, Luke Poppel, Angela VanZee, Ryan Miller, Katie Link, Anna Donley and Grace Donley; four great-grandchildren: Cole Christenson, Ellee McIntosh, Norah VanZee and Evan VanZee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Augusta Poppel; and a baby sister.

Frank Family Funeral Home in Hankinson, N.D., is in charge of the arrangements

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