Erwin C. Poeppel, Fort Atkinson, WI (1924-2013)
July 11, 1924 - December 1, 2013
Erwin C. Poeppel passed away at Alden Estates with his family by his side on Dec. 1, 2013. Erwin was born on July 11, 1924, on the family farm in Koshkonong Township, south of Fort Atkinson, to Erwin O. and Celia (Endl) Poeppel. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School, and graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1943. During World War II, he served in the US Marine Corps with the Fifth Tank Battalion as a platoon sergeant, proudly defending his country at the battle for Iwo Jima in Pacific Theater. On June 5, 1954, he married Mary Behrens in Delavan, WI. They made their home on the family farm in Fort Atkinson. Erwin devoted his life to his family and the family business. After leaving the Marine Corps, he farmed and was employed by Larson Canning Company and Moe Light as an electrician. In 1948, he partnered with his brother, Merton. They farmed and established Poeppel Bros. Excavating and Septic Service. He retired in the late 1980’s.
Erwin enjoyed working with his hands. He restored the vehicles he entered in the numerous antique car shows he attended throughout the county, state, and country. He was very proud to show and talk about his 1950 Willys Jeepster, 1940 Cadillac Convertible Sedan Limo, and 1957 Mack Truck; which earned him countless trophies over the years. Erwin was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Truck Historical Society, and the Cadillac and LaSalle Club.
Erwin is survived by his wife, Mary; his children: Katherine (Richard Moiel) Poeppel of Houston, TX; Sandra Nelson of Lake Mills; and John (Denise) Poeppel of Fort Atkinson; his grandchildren: Dustin, Dillin, and Daniel Poeppel, Megan and Joseph Gaber, and Nick (Jenny) and Shelley Nelson; and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Oakley and Juanita (Norman) Hathaway; and one brother James (Kay) Poeppel. Erwin was preceded in death by his parents; Merton and Justine Poeppel; James Oakley; and Lawrence Nelson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, Fort Atkinson, WI, with Father Brian Wilk celebrating. Friends may call after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the CHURCH until the time of the Mass. A Christian burial with military honors will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Angels, Alden Estates, or Rainbow Hospice.
The NITARDY FUNERAL HOME, Fort Atkinson, is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com