Diana Patricia Koppenhaver


Diana Patricia Koppenhaver (n’ee Collard), 69, died in Borrego Springs, Calif. April 1, 2021 after a sudden illness.

There will be a private family memorial service at 10 a. m. Saturday April 24, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Anamosa officiated by Pastor Rodney Bluml.

Diana Patricia Collard was born Nov. 19, 1951 to Edmond and Billie Joy Collard, in La Mesa, Calif. She graduated in 1968 from Helix High School in La Mesa and continued her education at Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, Calif. On Sept. 21, 1980 she married Thomas W. Koppenhaver in Wichita, Kan.

Tom and Diane worked together in the automotive industry for 30 years until Diane’s retirement. Diane enjoyed cooking, especially huge holiday meals for family and friends. Diane loved board games, especially backgammon. She got us all hooked and of course, was the family champ.

Left to keep her memory are her husband of 40 years, Thomas W. Koppenhaver, Borrego Springs, Calif. Daughter Deana (Danny) Vasquez, parents of Nani, Danielle and Robert, Spring Valley, Calif. Daughter Summer (Kaya) Arevalo, parents of Tatiana, Presley and Cash, Las Vegas, Nev. Sister Mary Lou (Michael) Coleman, Wichita, Kan., brothers Douglas Collard and Dale Collard also of Wichita, Kan. Mother-in-law, Janice Koppenhaver, Anamosa, sisters’-in-law Marla Spinler, West Branch, Cindy Koppenhaver, Cedar Rapids, Kathi (Elizabeth Nierdieck) Koppenhaver, Hearne, Texas, Susan (Ed Gerst) Koppenhaver, Anamosa, Amy Koppenhaver, Cedar Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.

Diana was predeceased by her parents, her father-in-law Thomas M. Koppenhaver, brother-in-law, Les Rogers, a nephew Samuel J. Spinler and three brothers, Dennis Collard, Dean Collard and Danny Collard.

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