Eugene William Koupal


May 13, 1927 - August 8, 2015



Eugene Koupal was born on May 13, 1927 at Yankton, SD to Bill and Helen (Barta) Koupal.  Gene graduated from Scotland High School.  After high school he served in the US Navy and returned home where he graduated from the University of South Dakota.  He also was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean Conflict.  Gene married Carol Whitham in February of 1951, they had six children.  He spent his professional career within the insurance industry, primarily with American Family Insurance where he had a successful 25 year career.  He loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing and also had a passion for cooking for his many friends and family.

He is survived by his six children: Pete (Patti) Koupal, Rapid City, Mary (Jack) Ferigan, Tioga, ND, Ann (Troy) Morgenstern, Billings, MT, Mark (Mary Nagel) Koupal, Mitchell, SD, Molly (Clark) Scovel, Mt. Juliet, TN, Paul(Sheila) Koupal, Sioux Falls, SD; fourteen grandchildren: John Ferigan, Pete Ferigan, Michelle (Derek) Stephany, Matt Sibley (Alaina), Gabe Sibley, McKenzie Dill, Andy Morgenstern, Terra (James) Koupal Lemke, Anne (Eric)Tabert, Kacee Koupal, Jacqueline Scovel, Lauren Scovel, Parker Koupal, Bennett Koupal; five great grandsons: Lucas Sibley, Aspen Tabert, Jack Stephany, Samuel Stephany, William Stephany, and the children of Helen Beck: Dan, Barb, Rick, Scott and Deby.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Helen, wife, Carol, sister-in-law, Patricia Koupal, longtime companion and friend Helen Beck, and great-granddaughter, Willow Tabert.



Tuesday, August 11, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, August 12, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Kevin Culhane on August 13, 2015
So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Great family, Great man for all. Even though I haven't visited with Gene in years I enjoyed every meeting I had with him when I lived in Mitchell. He challeneged you every day to live up to your best and always do the right thing with that big smile on his face. Gene and Helen enjoying a wonderful glass of wine together and now eternity just became that much better. God Bless the Koupal and the Beck children and families. I know I'm a better person for knowing Gene.God Bless you Gene Koupal.
Posted by Kevin Larson on August 10, 2015
Paul and Sheila very sorry to hear about your Dad and father in law. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the Koupal family. God bless you
Posted by Steve Reinsch on August 10, 2015
Gene is one to the finest gentleman that I have ever been associated with. The memories that he has left with his family and friends will live on forever.
Posted by Scott Maske on August 10, 2015
When you were around Gene you felt like an extended family member. He played an important role in my life growing up in Eau Claire playing sports. He was tough, but compassionate. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Pete, Mary, Ann, Mark, Paul, and Molly- Gene meant a lot to all who knew him!
Posted by Joleen Bos on August 10, 2015
Only knew of Eugene through Gary (and Jean) Groves and Dick and Marjean Barta; my sympathies to all left to mourn his passing.
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