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Gerald “Pete” Koepke

09/13/1932 - 10/16/2021

Gerald “Pete” Wilbert Koepke, 89, of Virginia, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021 at his residence.

Pete was born September 13, 1932 in Creighton, SD to Wilhelm and Emelia (Seiler) Koepke. He moved to Minnesota and was raised on a farm in Zim. On August 25, 1956 he was united in marriage to Janice Irene Anderson. Together, they raised 3 daughters and 1 son on their cattle farm. He retired from Eveleth Taconite in 1996.

He is survived by his children: Donna (David) Klemzak of Virginia, and Michael (Jennifer) Koepke of White Bear Lake; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews,

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; daughters: Kathy King and Marilyn Korkalo; sister, Betty Hill; brothers: Karl Koepke, Maynard Koepke, and Emil Koepke; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Range Funeral Home in Virginia with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit rangefuneralhomes.com.

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  1. Art Koepke says:

    My deepest sympathy to Uncle Pete’s immediate family. As a nephew, and eldest son of his brother Maynard, I have many fond memories of Him. I remember the long, long ago days of our visiting as a child, and enjoying being in the barn during a milking session of the cows, as he was feeding and milking them. It seem as a child to be quite the life to live, as we were ” town people” growing up. God Bless his memory!
    Art Koepke and family, Thief River Falls, Mn

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Thursday 10/28/2021 at 11:00 AM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 AM