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Bert F. Poppen

May 30, 1941 - Aug. 10, 2007

LONG PRAIRIE -- Bert F. Poppen, 66, of Long Prairie, formerly of the Clara City area, died Friday at the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident.

The service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Long Prairie. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Long Prairie.

Visitation is at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today and for one hour before the service on Tuesday. A church prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. today. Arrangements are by the Stein-Dingmann Funeral Home of Long Prairie.

He was born May 30, 1941, in Rheiderland Township, Chippewa County, to Ben and Fannie (Folkerts) Poppen.

On Sept. 15, 1961, he married Violet Schoep in Montevideo. They farmed northwest of Clara City for 22 years and attended Evangelical Free Church in Willmar, where he served in many capacities, including AWANA leader. In 1983 they moved to Parkers Prairie, then moved to Long Prairie in 1984. They ran Poppen's Monograms for 23 years. After retirement he drove a school bus.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Long Prairie, where he was active in Gideon ministries in churches and in jail ministries at the Todd County Jail. He was a member of the Rose City Antique Threshing Club and the WMSTR at Rollag.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Vickie (and John) Rukavina of Eagan, Loren of Olivia, Berdell (and Gretchen) of Duluth, and Wayne (and Tiffany) of Ramsey; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Etta Brummer of Clara City, Jenny (and John) Tebben of Clara City and Ida (and Gerrit) Huisman of Sacred Heart; and a brother, George (and Emily) Poppen of Clara City.

He was preceded in death by an infant twin sister.