William “Bill” Poppen


William “Bill” Poppen, age 76, of De Smet, S.D., was called home on Wed., July 14, 2021, at his family farm.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Mon., July 19, 2021, at De Smet Community Church, De Smet, S.D. Pastor Jim Millman officiated. The service will be Live-Streamed via our Facebook Live. Burial was at the De Smet Cemetery.

Visitation was Sun., July 18, 2021.

Bill was born to Arthur and Irene (Tidemann) Poppen on June 2, 1945, in Huron, S.D. He graduated from De Smet High School in 1963, then graduated from Huron College and the University of South Dakota School of Law. Upon graduation, Bill became general manager and an agent of De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company, serving in both capacities until his retirement in 2018.

Bill married Roxana Hull on July 21, 1979. They raised their three children, Beth, Brett and Amy, on their farm near De Smet. Bill thoroughly enjoyed agricultural life, raising and showing sheep for over sixty years, visiting with farmers and ranchers, gardening and attending fairs and rodeos. He loved the Lord, his church, family, friends and community.

Bill is survived by his wife, Roxana; his three children, Beth Poppen of De Smet, S.D., Brett (Megan) Poppen of Rapid City, S.D. and Amy (Brad) Beardt of Rapid City, S.D.; one sister, Mary (Walt) Ricker; step-siblings, Glennis (Barry) Lundberg and David (Kay) Nelson; four grandchildren, Pearl and Penny Poppen and Jaxon and Reagan Beardt; four nephews, Danny, Garrick and Ethan Nicols and Alexis Hull; four nieces, Jenny Berg, Kari Rich, Gina Favaro and Jamila Gilbert; six step-nephews, Chris and Greg Lundberg, Craig, Doug and Charles Johnson and Eric Nelson and four step-nieces, Dawn Larsen, Glenda Odegaard, Teresa Jung and Annie Erwin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Irene; his step-father, Charlie Nelson; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Vernon and Millie Hull; his step-sister, Judy Johnson; his nephew, Joey Nicols; his step-great-nephew, Richie Gates and his great-nephew, Nathan Berg.

Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel Watertown, Hayti, De Smet, Bryant

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