James Koeppel Sr.
James M. "Jim" Koeppel Sr., 71, of Hills, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Mercy Hospice Unit in Iowa City surrounded by his loving family.
The family will greet friends Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. A Celebration of Life will begin at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Research.
Born Sept. 6, 1946, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Willard and Dorothy (Minnick) Koeppel, Jim grew up in Peoria and graduated from Peoria Manual High School.
He married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Kendall, on March 6, 1964, in Peoria.
Moving to the Iowa City/Coralville area in 1988, Jim purchased AAA Mechanical Contractors Inc., owning and operating the business until 2012, when he sold the business to his daughter and two sons. Jim was very proud that he was able to work with his three kids for approximately 25 years and that they still are carrying on his legacy today. Jim belonged to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa and served as president and on the board of directors for many years. He proudly served as a contractor trustee for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 125 health & welfare and pension boards, as well as other countless committees in the community.
Up until a year ago, Jim and his wife Gloria wintered in Gold Canyon, Ariz., and loved when family and friends would come to visit and enjoy the warm weather together. They also were able to travel across the country in their RV, going to many bluegrass festivals, and he would even go to flea markets to be able to spend time with the love of his life, Glo.
Jim was a true musician and was passionate about playing the banjo. One of his proudest moments was meeting and becoming friends with Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys and being able to play banjos together on a handful of occasions. He was proud to be able to call Joe his friend.
Jim was an outstanding husband, dad, grandpa, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was so proud of his three kids and eight grandkids. He loved cheering them on at their sporting events, dance recitals, music concerts, etc. He was always their biggest fan, no matter the occasion.
He enjoyed everything Iowa Hawkeyes and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.
Jim is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughter, Tammy Musser (Ken) of Iowa City; sons, Jim Koeppel Jr. (Julie) of Coralville and Jeff Koeppel (Traci) of North Liberty; grandchildren, Jacob Warning (Jana), Kacey Buline (Dillon), Ashley Musser, Jayme Koeppel, Josh Koeppel and Olivia Meade; a brother, Phillip Koeppel (Karen) of Wyoming, Ill.; and his beloved Daisy, his miniature schnauzer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and Bill; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Verne and Daisy Kendall.