Carl O. Hoeppner, 91, of Plymouth, WI passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Carl was born on February 1, 1925 in Plymouth, a son to the late Otto and Edna (TerMaat) Hoeppner. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1942, then attended and graduated from UW Madison with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1945. He then attended Harvard Law School and attained a Juris Doctor in law in 1949.

He was employed with Western Condensing Co. as a control and production chemist. He also practiced law with the firm of Moss Lyon and Dunn in Los Angeles and later in Plymouth, but the greater share of his career was spent teaching.

Carl was proficient in debate and forensics in both high school and college which aided him in his teaching of speech and debate. He won the freshman extemporaneous speaking contest, was chosen the best debater at the Freshman Whitewater Tournament, was a member of the debate team that went without a defeat in the Big Ten Tournament, participated in the Big Ten Oratory Contest, received the Vilas Medal for outstanding work in speech. He became a member of Delta Sigma Rho honorary speech organization. He was a debate coach at Tufts University in Medford Mass. He taught at Lakeland College for 24 years, teaching Chemistry, Mathematics, Science, Law, Business, Speech and Debate. For 12 years he was the director of debate and forensics at Plymouth High School until he retired.

Carl, in his younger years bowled, golfed, hunted and fished, but he swam and ice skated regularly until he was 78. He also enjoyed his walks and using his exercise bike. He enjoyed the arts, music, movies and plays. He was a regular visitor at the Plymouth Art Center.

Carl was a member of the California, Wisconsin and Sheboygan County Bar Association. He was also a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth.

Carl is survived by two nephews and their wives: Brian and Lisa Brown of Minneapolis, MN and David Brown and Yann Leu of Takoma, MD. Carl was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law: Gertrude and Richard Brown.

A funeral service for Carl was be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 27 at Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Service with Rev. James Hoppert officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends could visit with the family at the funeral home, 123 South Street, Plymouth on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m.

Memorials in Carl’s name may be directed to Salem United Church of Christ.

Carl’s family would like to extend their appreciation to the Meals on Wheels volunteers who provided companionship, thoughts and goodwill for Carl.

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