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Eric Christopher Koepp, 48 of Litchfield, MN, died Wednesday July 3, 2019, from a tragic work accident in Elwood, NE. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, MN. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church and will continue one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held in Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield, MN. Military Honors will be provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.
Eric was born January 9, 1971, to Robert and Muriel (Siemsen) Koepp at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, MN and was a lifelong resident. He was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, MN. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, MN. Eric graduated from Litchfield High School in 1989 and immediately after joined the US Army. Specialist Koepp was stationed in Germany and was deployed directly to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Storm where he was an 88M Motor Transport Operator.
Eric worked at Hutchinson Technology as a truck driver following his tour. For the majority of his career, he worked in road construction for Midwest Asphalt milling up roads and parking lots. He loved to find treasures in road ditches and bring them home. He had always wanted a family and children more than anything. He met his wife Ellie while they were both officers for MN District 3 Eagles. Eric was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Krueger) on June 29, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, MN. They were blessed with two boys, Kasey and Kolson.
Eric enjoyed snowmobiling, Farmall tractors, football, NASCAR, WWE, backgammon, pyrotechnics, and music. He always claimed he had no favorites of anything, but we all know that’s not true. He loved the color red, Metallica, and Captain. Most of all, he loved to relax and spend time with his family and friends. Eric was a loyal, honest, loving and stubborn friend – he always had a comeback or sarcastic remark. He had a love for dogs, and they loved him back. He is now reunited with his fur babies Squeak and Spaz. Eric will be remembered for his strong work ethic, integrity, sassiness, and devotion to his wife, children, and family that he simply adored.
Eric is a Past President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3424 and MN District 3, and was also a member of VFW Post #906, Operating Engineers Local 49, International Harvester Collectors Club and the Darwin Drifters.
Eric Christopher Koepp is survived by his wife Ellie and sons Kasey & Kolson Koepp of Litchfield; mother Muriel Koepp of Litchfield; sister Sue (Dale) Neu of Litchfield; brother Rick Koepp of Fort Lauderdale, FL; father-in-law Greg Krueger of Maple Plain; mother-in-law Becky Krueger of Dent; brother-in-law Kyle Krueger of Maple Plain; sister-in-law Katie (Jake) Brown of Richfield; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Koepp.