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Bennett Lee Koppenhaver

September 6, 1936 February 18, 2022
Bennett Lee Koppenhaver
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Bennett Lee Koppenhaver, 85, of Bethlehem, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Hospice. He was the husband of Madeline Gricoskie Koppenhaver for whom he was married to for 63 years.

Born in Reinerton, PA on September 6, 1936, he was the son of the late Karl Koppenhaver and Beulah (Nolan) Koppenhaver.

Ben attended Porter Township High School – Reinerton, PA.
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – Lancaster, PA .

After graduation from Stevens, he was recruited by Western Electric (Lucent Technologies) 1957 where he was a tool maker for 6 years.

He later was promoted into a Research and Development Engineering Group. In 1978 he was Promoted to First Level Management. He retired in 1998 as a Manufacturing Facilities Maintenance Supervisor. (40 ½ total years of service), he was appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board in Hanover Township, Lehigh County where he served for 12 years.

Ben was a member of the Society Manufacturing Engineers for 9 years. He serviced in all the chairs, including President of the Organization.

In December of 1973 he was elected to the Catasauqua School Board. Ben served for 25 years, including 10 years as President of the Board.

In 1975 he was appointed by the school board to serve as Catasauqua’s Representative to the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit where he served for 23 years, including President of the Board for 1 year.

In the year 2000 he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the Zoning Hearing Board in East Allen Township.

He and Madeline are members of the Rosemont Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA. Ben held membership in the following organizations:
Porter Lodge #284 – Free and Accepted Masons Catasauqua, PA
Porter Club – Catasauqua, PA
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons – Lehigh Valley Consistory Allentown, PA
Rajah Temple Shrine – Reading, PA
Telephone Pioneers – Allentown, PA
Travelers Protection Association – TPA – Lehigh Valley, PA
Masonic Square Club – Within Lucent Technologies – Allentown, PA
Exchange Club – Catasauqua, PA
Catasauqua Band Parents – Catasauqua, PA

Ben will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving along with his wife are, granddaughters; Laura Hafner of Northampton, PA., Christine Deily of Wilmington, NC, Meredith Deily Perryman of Wilmington, NC and Stephanie Deily of Wilmington, NC.; son in laws; Robert Hafner of Catasauqua, PA., Gary Deily of Wilmington, NC. He was predeceased by both daughters; Brenda Koppenhaver Hafner at age 30 and Barbara Koppenhaver Deily at age 43; sisters; Monna Clauser of Lebanon, PA and Jean Conners of Fort Meyers, Florida.

A calling period will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022, from 09:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. of Catasauqua 234 Walnut Street, Catasauqua, PA. 18032. Funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment to follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park 1700 Airport Road, Allentown, PA. 18109.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: American Cancer Society or Shriners Children’s Hospital c/o of the funeral home.

Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. of Catasauqua is entrusted with arrangements.

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Visitation

Friday

25

Feb

9:30 AM 2/25/2022 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/25/2022 11:00:00 AM
Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua

234 Walnut Street
Catasauqua, PA 18032

Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua
234 Walnut Street Catasauqua 18032 PA
United States

Service

Friday

25

Feb

11:00 AM 2/25/2022 11:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2/25/2022 11:30:00 AM
Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua

234 Walnut Street
Catasauqua, PA 18032

Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua
234 Walnut Street Catasauqua 18032 PA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Cedar Hill Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1700 Airport Rd
Allentown, PA 18103

1700 Airport Rd Allentown 18103 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Shriners Hospitals for Children

American Cancer Society

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