Robert Arthur Koppen
1925 — 2023
ROBERT ARTHUR KOPPEN 9-17-1925-10-12-2023 Robert (Bob) A. Koppen was a proud member of "the greatest generation." Bob was born on 9-17-25, in Kansas City, Missouri, the only son of Oscar William and Grace Kathryn (Lafferty) Koppen. In 1932, Bob, his sisters, Justine, and Carol, along with their mother moved to Miami. His father remained in Missouri to provide for his family while they settled in Miami. Bob was a student at Miami Senior High, but enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force before completing high school. He flew several missions as a B-17 tail gunner, flying out of Mendlesham, England. On his 11th mission his plane was involved in a mid-air collision over Mandres, France. He was...