Theodore J. “Ted” Soppe

Theodore J. “Ted” Soppe

Theodore J. “Ted” Soppe, age 72, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 1:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at ManorCare Health Services. To celebrate Ted’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to the current gathering restrictions the number of people inside the building will be limited to 10 people at a time. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ted was born on August 12, 1947, in Cascade, Iowa, son of Donald and Virginia (Wingert) Soppe.

Ted graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1967. Right after school, Ted went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army, completing 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. He was extremely patriotic and was a strong supporter of local veterans organizations. Ted was raised with a strong work ethic, which he put to good use right out of the Army with the Dubuque Packing Company. He would go on to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector for 17 years. Ted was united in marriage to Carole Frey on February 15, 1989, and they have enjoyed 31 wonderful years together. Ted had a great appreciation of automobiles and his pride and joy was a red Camero SS Convertible, “Thunder”, 1 of only 600 produced, and his 1948 Willys CJ2A, “Nellybelle”. He and Carole were also known to enjoy trying their luck at the casinos every now and then. We are saddened at the loss of Ted in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing he is now free of the health issues he has battled these past years.

Those left to cherish Ted’s memory include

his wife,
Carole Soppe, Dubuque, IA;

a son,
Brian (Ann) Meyer, Des Moines, IA;

his 8 step-children;

his 13 grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Dianne (Gerald) Lutgen
and Dan Soppe, both of Dubuque, IA.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Troy Soppe; and a brother, Donald Soppe.

Ted’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and ManorCare, for all of their kindness, support and professional care of Ted.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and can be sent to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, Attn. Ted Soppe Family, to be distributed among his favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
May 22nd, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

8 condolences for Theodore J. “Ted” Soppe
  1. Catherine Reiss Caitlin says:

    Ted was one of a kind, always ready with a story about his amazing life, an opinion, or a thoughtful observation. He was funny, caring, kind-hearted, and quietly generous. He fought in two tours in Vietnam, and paid the price with his health, but remained a steadfast, loyal patriot. He and Carole were a devoted, loving couple, best friends in all the important ways. He valued family and was proud of his children and grandchildren. I will miss his friendship, our arguments, his intelligence and wit, his stories, his compassion, and his memories about my dad, who he worked with for years. The world lost some of its sparkle when Ted left. My sincere condolences to his family, particularly his son, Brian, his beautiful wife Carole, and his stepson, Joe.

  2. John Bastian says:

    I always enjoyed my time with Ted when visiting Aunt Carole and Freddy’s Beach. I’m forever grateful for the love and kindness Ted showed my parents. I was glad I got to know Ted, and he was a lot of fun to talk to.

    Rest in Peace Ted.

  3. Mike Bastian says:

    Your stories always left me pondering and thinking “that can’t be true” but most of all laughter in the end. Thanks for being not only a great friend to my parents, a husband to my aunt but truely a funny and enjoyable guy to talk to. Thoughts and prayers to you, Carole and all of your family.

  4. Bill McCarthy says:

    Never had the pleasure to meet Ted but as a follow Vietnam vet I wanted to salute his service. And express my condolences to his family especially Brian who I respect very much and who I knew loved his father. Semper Fi.

  5. Kate Kjome says:

    I worked with Ted in Waterloo as part of the USDA FSIS team. Ted was always smiling, and he greeted me every day. He made me feel part of the team. We move so much in the Agency and don’t always look back. When I think about Ted today upon hearing this sad news of his passing, I still see that smile. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  6. Derek Wallenhorst says:

    I spent close to 2 years of my USDA career in Waterloo. There was NEVER a dull moment when working with Ted! He taught me alot about life & his story telling was top notch – always made you laugh! His smile and devilish look were something to look forward to every day. Sorry for your loss and may he RIP.

  7. Lynette Hoppman Heims says:

    I knew Ted only briefly. He was my neighbor and came to my door to introduce himself. He introduced his wife Carole as the silver fox of his life. I remember thinking how nice that was as not a lot of nice words are always spoken about spouses!
    Ted had a very generous and kind spirit and yes, lots of stories. I got to know Ted and Carole a little better when they needed a little extra help due to health problems. My heart goes out to the family. The world did lose someone who made a difference .I am glad I got to meet Ted and his wife, for I know something was added to my life due to it!!!

  8. Deb Felderman says:

    I was privileged to work with your Father in physical therapy in his home. His history and story was always intriguing. He spoke highly of you, Brian, and it was evidenced when I observed you interacting. I am sad to hear of his passing. May God give you peace and sweet memories.

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