Frederick Charles “Fred” Kopfler, Jr. succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis, lovingly surrounded by his wife and children, on February 2, 2021. He was born in Amite in 1938 to parents Frederick Charles Kopfler, Sr., and Blanche Hodges Kopfler, and lived in Baton Rouge, Mobile, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati, before ultimately retiring as “Farmer Fred” in Folsom. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eliska Ann Lawrence Kopfler, his brother Thomas Earl Kopfler (Sandra), and his children, Eliska Marie Plunkett (Daniel), Gretchen Ann Parrill (Steve), Frederick Charles “Rick” Kopfler, III, (Rachel) and John Francis Kopfler; his grandchildren Haley Marie Thonn (Trew), Allison Marie Cooke (James), Emily Ann Galjour (Michael), Marie Adele Houpy (Keith), Alexis Ann Kopfler (Jennah), Kristina Marie Plunkett, Marie Clare Plunkett, Thomas Oliver Plunkett, Hayden Campbell Kopfler, Logan Michael Kopfler, Madison Elizabeth Kopfler, Grant William Kopfler, and Frederick Charles “Charlie” Kopfler, IV. Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Robert Michael “Bobby” Kopfler, and his great-granddaughter Ella May Houpy. Fred obtained his BS in chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1960 and advanced degrees in biochemistry and food science from Louisiana State University. After completing his postdoctoral appointment in the Pioneering Research Laboratory for Animal Proteins at the US Department of Agriculture, he was involved with the US Public Health service and, since its formation in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency. A devoted member of St John the Baptist Catholic Church, he served as an usher, lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6197. He was an avid gardener, he enjoyed camping, hiking, and backpacking with his family. He was very much looking forward to the Backyard Bird Count this year. He was a great patron of the public library system and avid writer of letters to the editor; he is fondly remembered for his excellent narrations. He had a passion for genealogy and religiously built the family tree, going as far as mailing France and Germany for census records from the 16th century. His widow is thankful for condolences, but wishes to express she is declining visitors and suitors at this time. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 11345 St. John Church Rd., Folsom from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021 immediately followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11:00 a.m. Private interment at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. The family asks that all in attendance wear a mask in accordance with COVID guidelines. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Fred’s favorite charity, Friar Suppliers, at friarsuppliers.org or 631-682-4398, or masses celebrated in his memory. The family of Fred Kopfler wishes to express deepest thanks and appreciation to Notre Dame Hospice for their ever attentive and respectful care. The family also recognizes the sacrifices made by Steve Parrill, Rachel Kopfler, and Dan Plunkett, through which our father’s end of life care and comfort was made possible.
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