James “Jim” Koopmans, 68, Cambria, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at UW Hospital in Madison surrounded by his loving family.
James was born Sept. 1, 1950, in Beaver Dam, a son of Theodore and Dorothy (Winkel) Koopmans. When Jim and Arlyss were first dating, Jim was lovingly known as the “Flying Dutchman” by his soon-to-be father-in-law. On Nov. 8, 1969, he was united in marriage to Arlyss Bradley in Randolph. Jim spent the majority of his adult life as a trucker and owned his own business. He was a devoted husband, father, loving grandfather and loved spending time with his family and friends. Jim enjoyed golfing, bowling, camping and looked forward to Sunday family gatherings. He was an avid Packers and Badgers fan. Jim was a member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church and was proud of his deep faith. Jim was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in early 2018, and fought a courageous battle. He was extremely grateful to the surrounding communities for all the support and donations. Jim was recently a recipient of the Hoops for Hope fundraiser.
James is survived by his wife, Arlyss of Cambria; three daughters, Micki Koopmans (significant other, Greg Zander) of Deerfield, Charlene “Cheri” Koopmans (fiancé, Joey Greeno) of Randolph, and Dawn (Jeff) Nehmer of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Kiana, Shaylee, Tristen, Jayden, Caleb, Brent, Addison and Brooklyn; two brothers, Marvin (Janyce) Koopmans and Duane Koopmans (significant other, Cheryl Pittman); a sister, Darlene (Duane) Katsma; six brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Linda (Aub) Douma, Marsha (Donnie) Froehlich, Bill (Deb) Bradley, Jim Bradley, Lorraine Gollnick and Brian (Sue) Bradley; numerous, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Brady Nehmer; his parents-in-law; three brothers-in-law and a nephew.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 335 Jones Drive, Randolph and Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. until the hour of service.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. at church with the Rev. Daniel Schumann officiating. Burial will follow at Randolph Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in James’ name.
Randolph Community Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.randolphfh.com.