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Cpl. Benjamin Stephen Kopp

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75th Ranger Regiment

Corporal Benjamin Stephen Kopp of Rosemount died July 18, 2009 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. from wounds suffered on July 10 in Afghanistan. Ben had a deep love of country and was proud to serve and defend the freedoms of our beautiful America. Ben was a true friend to all who knew him and honored his compassion for people by being an organ donor. He had a great sense of humor, an infectious smile and loved life. He was a shining example of patriotism and selflessness and will be sorely missed. His proud and giving spirit will live on in all who knew him and in those who have received his organs.

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He is survived by his mother Jill Stephenson, father Duane Kopp, maternal grandfather Jon Burud, maternal grandmother Mary (Ray) Barnes, paternal grandmother Donna (and the late Paul) Kopp, special great-grandmother Marian Rogers, Brothers-In-Arms of the 75th Ranger Regiment of the United States Army, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many loving friends.

Ben graduated Rosemount High School in 2006 and left for Ft. Benning one month later. He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a Rifleman. He distinguished himself with the Army Achievement Medal with two awards, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. Posthumously, Ben has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, The Meritorious Service Medal and a Purple Heart.

Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1 at Rosemount High School, 3335 142nd Street West. Visitation and reviewal was Friday, July 31 from 5-8 p.m. at the Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley. Interment with full military honors took place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Memorials are requested to the Lead The Way Fund, www.leadthewayfund.org, CaringBridge, www.caringbridge.org and The Ben Kopp Memorial Fund in care of Wells Fargo Bank.

Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, Apple Valley. (952) 432-2331. www.obit.henrywanderson.com.

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