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Reverend Marlyn Kuper

Reverend Marlyn E. Kuper

November 23rd, 1928 - September 15th, 2020
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Reverend Marlyn E. Kuper, age 91, of Watertown, SD, passed away peacefully, with his daughter by his side, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 21, 2020 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown with Reverend Steve Anderson, Reverend Roger Spahr and Reverend Eldon Reich officiating. Burdell Gauger will be the soloist accompanied by Lynn Osthus.

Reverend Kuper's funeral services will be recorded and posted to our website when available.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown, SD. Military Honors will be conducted by Codington County Post 17 of the American Legion in Watertown.

Pallbearers will be Stacey (Philip) Schwartz, Kim Hoffman, Angie Tesch, Katie Felt (Dyllan), Russell Felt and Ryan (Amanda) Ohnstad.

Reverend Marlyn Eugene Kuper was born November 23, 1928 to Harm and Myrtle (Lage) Kuper in Marvin, SD. He attended grade school in a country school and also school in Marvin. After grade school he entered the service right after World War II had ended and served in what was then the Army Air Force and served overseas in the South Pacific. He was a member of Post 17, American Legion for 74 years (2020) and served as Commander in 1968. He was also a member of BPO Elks for 62 years (2020).

After his honorable discharge from his military service, he spent a couple years working at different jobs in Sioux Falls. He then returned back to Marvin where his parents owned and operated a grocery store. While helping his parents, he met his future wife, Corrine. After a couple years of courtship they were married. To this union, three children were born, Kristie, Kathie and Kerry Kuper. After a honeymoon through Canada and western United States, they resided in Milbank where Corinne was employed at Dakota State Bank and Marlyn went to work for the Milbank Hereld Advance.

Marlyn continued in the newspaper business for approximately 14 years and then pursue a career in the finance business beginning with running a couple different small loan companies and then started a banking career in Plankinton, SD, and continued until retiring in 1994 as President of State Bank of Wendell, MN. He was a Gideon for 18 years and also did pulpit supply for some 15 years during his banking career, preaching in several different denominations.

After his retirement from banking he pursued the ministry taking correspondence courses for three years while he and Corinne worked on the mission field in Peoria, AZ with World Gospel Mission. In 1999, after a crash course in Seminary, Marlyn was appointed to the United Methodist Church in Scotland, SD where he served for three years. After retiring in Scotland, (because of age), Marlyn was then appointed as Visitation pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank. In 2012, they resumed going back to Arizona during the winter months.

Upon retiring from the last two churches, he was appointed to Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown where he was visitation pastor and continued this position until his death. While he was visitation pastor in Watertown, in the absence of a pastor, he pastored Elim Evangelical Covenant Church in Stockholm, SD until the present time.

Reverend Kuper is survived by his wife of 68 years, Corinne; two daughters, Kristie (Bob) Hoffman of Watertown, and Kathie (Ray) Felt of Watertown; his brother, John (Barbara) Kuper of The Village, FL; two sisters, Myra (Larry) Olson of Ft. Myers, FL and Yvonne Sager of Omaha, NE; his six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Kerry, and one brother, Melvin.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel - www.wightandcomes.com
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  • Visitation

    Sunday September 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday September 20th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Notes
    There will be a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
  • Service

    Monday September 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Monday September 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Cornerston United Methodist Church
    Address
    1350 11 St NE
    Watertown, SOUTH DAKOTA
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    Notes
    Reverend Kuper's funeral services will be recorded and posted to our website when available.
  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Hope Cemetery
    Address
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Kim

Posted at 04:53pm
Praying for your comfort during this time. Although we hadn't seen each other in a million years, I always had very fond memories of my uncle Marlyn. I know he will be greatly missed.
Kim Kuper, Scott and Madeleine
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lori Pugh-Erdle

Posted at 08:19pm
Lots of fun memories on Harmony Lane. Several Christmas memories with the Kuper family. Marlyn also led us in several family prayers while Gene was in ICU. Thank you for your strength and generosity. You will be greatly missed. Thinking of you all. Love, Bev and Family
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