Bob (“BK”) Koppy, 82, of Roseville, died Easter Monday, April 22.
A 1954 graduate of Cretin High School and a 1958 graduate of St. Thomas College, Koppy was a certified public accountant and owned Koppy Accounting, whose clients included McFarlane Media Interests, Inc. and Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC).
Funeral services were April 30 at St. Rose of Lima, 2048 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery.
Koppy’s favorite daughter, actually his only daughter, Mary Therese spoke lovingly and elegantly about her dad at his recent going home service.
“My dad’s health journey began with the diagnosis of COPD back in 2008. Since 2008, my dad was in and out of the hospital. Due to his low oxygen levels, he was no longer allowed to drive since he would fall asleep at the wheel; so, his wheels became his John Deere tractor and he was known to cut the grass even when it didn’t need cutting.
“Well back on Sept. 5 when he was cutting the grass, he noticed his John Deere was not cutting like it should. So, without telling my mom, he decided he would just drive his John Deere up to the local hardware store and have it looked at. Can you just imagine what the people in the neighborhood thought when they saw this older man driving his tractor on the street? Well, my dad was able to deliver his John Deere to the hardware store, which is about a quarter mile from their house. It was on his way back, while walking home without his oxygen that my dad fell. That fall caused bleeding in a number of places in his brain. It was a life changing event for both my dad and mom.
My mom, my brother Brian and I always knew we were loved by Dad. He extended this love to my husband, Dan and our three children. Through the hard times and of course the good, our house was love. My dad never held back. For someone of his generation, he would freely say, ‘I love you’ along with a shower of kisses and hugs. It was ‘love always.’”
Bob Koppy was preceded in death by his son, Brian and parents, Edmund and Eva Koppy. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathleen "Kay" Tierney; daughter, Mary Therese (Dan) Nicklay; daughter-in-law, Cindi Snow; grandchildren, Matthew, Colin and Lisa Nicklay; brothers, Jerry Koppy (Karol), Douglas Koppy, Michael Koppy (Kathy); and sister, Sharon Cavegn and also survived by his beloved pet, Scottie.