Eugene Koupal was born on May 13, 1927 at Yankton, SD to Bill and Helen (Barta) Koupal. Gene graduated from Scotland High School. After high school he served in the US Navy and returned home where he graduated from the University of South Dakota. He also was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Gene married Carol Whitham in February of 1951, they had six children. He spent his professional career within the insurance industry, primarily with American Family Insurance where he had a successful 25 year career. He loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing and also had a passion for cooking for his many friends and family.
He is survived by his six children: Pete (Patti) Koupal, Rapid City, Mary (Jack) Ferigan, Tioga, ND, Ann (Troy) Morgenstern, Billings, MT, Mark (Mary Nagel) Koupal, Mitchell, SD, Molly (Clark) Scovel, Mt. Juliet, TN, Paul(Sheila) Koupal, Sioux Falls, SD; fourteen grandchildren: John Ferigan, Pete Ferigan, Michelle (Derek) Stephany, Matt Sibley (Alaina), Gabe Sibley, McKenzie Dill, Andy Morgenstern, Terra (James) Koupal Lemke, Anne (Eric)Tabert, Kacee Koupal, Jacqueline Scovel, Lauren Scovel, Parker Koupal, Bennett Koupal; five great grandsons: Lucas Sibley, Aspen Tabert, Jack Stephany, Samuel Stephany, William Stephany, and the children of Helen Beck: Dan, Barb, Rick, Scott and Deby.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Helen, wife, Carol, sister-in-law, Patricia Koupal, longtime companion and friend Helen Beck, and great-granddaughter, Willow Tabert.