Andy Popson

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Andy Popson

October 11, 1970 - December 18, 2018

Andy Popson Andy Popson passed away December 18, 2018 at Unity Point Des Moines Methodist from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Andy was born October 11, 1970 to John and Martha Popson in Chariton, Iowa.
He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1989 and attended Coe College. Andy attended the First Unitarian Church in Des Moines and was a member of the Carpenters Local Union #106. He enjoyed working with his hands and being outside. Andy was an animal lover and enjoyed participating in dog sports along with his wife. He was well read and had a philosophical soul. He had an immense passion for all types of music, a passion that he shared with his son. Andy was a true Pacifist. His family was the center of his universe. Andy will be fondly remembered as a modern day Renaissance Man.
Andy is survived by his soulmate and wife of 23 years, Suzanne Willis-Popson; son, Samson Popson; parents, John and Martha Popson; sisters, Audrey (Dr. Michael) Popson-Debije, Mary (Mike) Klein and Tina (Corey McIntosh) Popson; nephews and niece, Oskar Debije, Breanna Klein (Zach DeMoully) and Gavin Klein; father-in-law, Chuck (Leslie) Willis; brother-in-law, Rob Willis; half brothers-in-law, Chris and Courtney Willis; four dogs and several cats; and a host of extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Karla Willis; grandparents, John and Irene Popson and Harlan and Rose Plum; and his best friend, Tom Capps.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1201 Woodland Drive in Knoxville, Iowa. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29th at the First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Avenue in Des Moines.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
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Published on December 21, 2018
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Dan Jordan
Dec 29, 2018
I ran track with Andy. We made it to the state track meet in the mile medley. I ran the 400m portion and Andy anchored our team with the 800m leg. We were getting ready to take the track for our event and Andy asked me, “ How hard are you going run?” To which I said something like not many people get to run at the state meet. What I didn’t realize until after we had finished and it was apparent that Andy was ill. He didn’t want to let me down even though he was not feeling well. He was such a caring and thoughtful person. If there is one thing I hope I can carry forwards from my time with Andy Popson, it would be this.
Dec 29, 2018
John and Martha, I'm deeply saddened by receiving the news late last night of Andy's passing. From our Upward Bound days, his laughter and passion for life was evident. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life with you all.

Suzanne and Sampson, my prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Andy, but know that you are surrounded by love and people who are not afraid to embrace the silence & questions of the unknown. You are loved.

Ed Ollie, Jr.
Caprice (cappi) Bingham
Dec 24, 2018
Andy I remember you in high school as a laid back and very nice and funny guy. I remember you playing in the band and playing at the events. I am very sad to hear this news and I send prayers and love to Andy's family.
Michael Debije
Dec 22, 2018
I have known Andy for a long time, ever since dating his big sister almost three decades ago. Andy was quiet but very, very smart. I love to hear his insights on people and events, generated from his keen sense of observation, knowledge of the Classics, and finely-honed sense of humor. He was one of those people that could really exude confidence in both a tuxedo and intelligence in a torn-up plaid shirt. He knew how to use his hands as well as his head, but also his heart, as evidenced by his softness towards animals around him. Andy you could both love and trust. That he lived a good life is evidenced by this writeup and the number of important connections to people he leaves behind.... I am honored to have been his brother-in-law.Read more