Norman Koopman, 82, of Halfway Ore., passed away peacefully with family by his side on Nov. 6, 2007, in La Grande, Ore.
A Celebration of Norm’s Life will be held this next spring with a gathering of family, friends and a picnic. Date, time and place to be announced.
Norm was born Oct. 1, 1925, to Charles and Esther Koopman of Halfway. He spent most of his career teaching Vocational Agriculture at La Grande and Pine Eagle High Schools before retiring in 1993. Once retired he and wife Jewel enjoyed winters on the Southern Oregon Coast and summers in Halfway.
Norm was an avid gardener and never missed an opportunity to play a good round of golf. He was active with the Baker County Weed Board. Norm taught the 55 Alive Driving program through 2006. He was a teacher of teachers and will be missed by many.
Norm is survived by his wife, Jewel of 57 years; son, Rod and wife, Deb of La Grande, and son, Ron and wife, Sherri of Portland. He was the proud grandfather of 5; Mahlon Koopman and Michael Koopman of Portland, Kelly Koopman of La Grande, Travis Koopman of Walnut Creek, Calif. and Melissa Earl of Gresham.
Those who would like to make a memorial contribution in memory of Norm may do so to the Norman Koopman FFA Scholarship Fund for a deserving FFA Pine Eagle High School student. Contributions may be mailed to Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, PO Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, November 15, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor