David "Abe" Q. Korpe

Jul 28, 1935 – Aug 22, 2017

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Abe was born on July 28th, 1935 in Seattle, WA to Daniel and Leona Korpe.  He passed away on August 22nd 2017 at home with his wife Patti by his side.  He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel, and Leona, and his brothers Ike, Bryan and Gregory. He is survived by his wife Patti of 40 loving years , his sons Curtis and Corey Counley his daughters LeeAnn Woods and Corrina Vanchu, sisters Kissy, Wendy, Marcy, Judy, and Candace.  He was blessed with eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  And several nieces and nephews. Abe went in the Navy when he was seventeen years old and proudly served his country for eight years He was in the Korean War where he was injured while evacuating women and children and became a disabled veteran.   He was so very proud of this and enjoyed showing his pictures and books of his Navy days to Patti and his children.  After he got out of the Navy he drove trucks for Western Cartage and then at Reliable Transfer (Nelson Trucking). He would haul and place heavy machinery etc. He was greatly missed when he retired from there and from Teamsters Local 174.  Owners would call and insist on having Abe do the job…!!! Abe also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson in his younger years.  Even taking his mom on short rides which he said she loved…!! Abe and Patti loved going to the Omak Stampede every year.  They got married under a tree in the Malott Park.  It was such a special place for them and their family and friends to have so much fun and making so many precious memories. Abe will be missed by so many.  He was a man with charisma.  A good personality and with a love of humor which kept his marriage to Patti happy and alive for so many years.

    Rest in Peace my sweet Abey Baby…!!!


Lakewood, Wa
Sep 3, 2017

I met you 27 years ago! They say everything happens for a reason but I feel cheated!!! You were always nice to me when I saw you because I think Patti made you.. I'm not sure you thought of me then because I was a young punk. Fast forward 21 years later when we crossed paths again. This time with a little more wisdom, maturity and respect for myself. We started off with a look across the bar when I walked in. Still not sure if you remembered me but you excepted me because of who I was with. As we spent more time together and the more I came around our love for each other grew stronger and stronger. You knew my intentions were true. Again I feel cheated!!! But everything happens for a reason. I feel cheated because I lost 21 years of you... but everything happens for a reason.. the time we spent together I will always cherish. You know how much I loved you and I know how much you loved me. The short time we were together I will never forget. You have giving me the outline of what being a incredible man, husband , and father should look like. As I promised you 5 years ago and as I promised you the night you left me. I will always take care of your little girl. Not only were you my father in law you were my Buddy. I will see you again.

Teresa Thompson
seattle, wa
Sep 2, 2017

He was such a wonderful man, he always treated me like family when I came over. My heart and thoughts our with your Family!

Stephen Bupp
Tacoma , Wa
Sep 2, 2017

I never met a better man in my life. His enthusiastic sense of humor made him instantly comfortable to be around. He embodied what i want to be in a man, a father and a husband. If you want to know Abe, you need look no further than the love felt for him by his family.

I'll always remember his smile and thumbs up as he said, "hey, buddy!" every time i saw him followed by a bear hug. He made me feel instantly like family. I can't quite put into words the respect i have for this man other than to say that he ranks on par with my own Father and Grandfather as men i consider to be heroes and role models.

Rest well, Pop Korpe. I love you, Buddy!

David & Josie Hickey
Tacoma , Wa
Sep 2, 2017

We miss you and love you .

Rest in peace shipmate .

Kathy Miller
Spokane , Wa
Sep 2, 2017

Words seem so feeble,

I'm moments like these.

Life is so precious,

And death such a thief.

The depth of your pain

I cannot comprehend,

But I'll stand alongside you

In the darkness, my friend

Love is a bond

That death cannot part.

Gone from your arms,

But still held in your heart.

Cindy Rapp
Auburn, Wa
Sep 2, 2017

So very sorry for your loss of your loved one. I remember the good times we shared when ever I would see you guy's. Abe always laughing and having a great time. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Abe. My love,hug's and prayer's to the family.

Rob & Ranae Robinson
Mesa , Az
Sep 2, 2017

Thoughts and prayers Patti and family! RIP Abe

Corey Counley
Burien, Wa
Sep 2, 2017

Dad, It was an honor to have you as my Father. I hope your cruising on your Chopper in the Heavens. I will miss you so much. This is not Goodbye, This is I will see you later ! Love and Many Blessings, Your Son Corey ( Clyde)

Donna & Konrad Klippert
Burien, WA
Sep 1, 2017

Abe, you will be missed by many. You were a very special person to your family & friends. You always tried to have that gruff exterior but you couldn't fool very many people. We always seen that special soft side of you. Thank you for your friendship. RIP my friend. We love you. Sending lots of love, prayers & sympathy to your family; especially Patti, Curtis, LeeAnn, Corey & Corrina & your other family members.

Curtis Counley
Puyallup, Wa
Sep 1, 2017

I will always miss you Dad, you were the greatest father a boy could ask for. Hope you are having a good ride with all the ones you have lost and loved. They just don't make Dads like you anymore and never will. Thanks for entering our lives, you made it so wonderful and to watch the Love that you and Mom shared was inspiring.I Love you and will always miss you Dad, Your son. Curtis

Curtis Counley
Puyallup, Wa
Sep 1, 2017

I will always miss you Dad, you were the greatest father a boy could ask for. Hope you are having a good ride with all the ones you have lost and loved. They just don't make Dads like you anymore and never will. Thanks for entering our lives, you made it so wonderful and to watch the Love that you and Mom shared was inspiring.I Love you and will always miss you Dad, Your son. Curtis

Danny l Carpenter
Okanogan , Wa
Sep 1, 2017

My condolences to the Korpe family. He's been missed and will be missed.

Marilyn hildebranf
Aberdeen,, Sd
Sep 1, 2017

Abe I will miss you, so glad I was able to spend time with you in May. I will miss hearing you say "the hssey is here". Love yoy.

Jessica Stoneback
Seattle, WA
Sep 1, 2017

Abe had a magical life with Patti...the one we can only dream of having. The kids...who can't but have an amazing time with fun, laughs, jokes, camping, partying with all of you?!!! I know he is happy with the life he lead with all of you and is smiling down on each and everyone of you holding a Rainier! I would be proud to call you all my family as I know he was and proud of each and everyone of you. May you all have some comfort and peace knowing he's at peace and waiting patiently for all of you. Love you and wish you all comfort and love at this time.

Rick and Zina Baril
Kelowna, BC
Sep 1, 2017

So sorry to hear of the passing of your "Pops" Corinna. We never had a chance to meet him but enjoyed chatting with Ronnie and you this summer and hearing some stories. I have seen many pictures posted on Facebook too and everyone seemed to be laughing and having fun all the time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Hugs, Rick and Zina.

Judy(korpe) hitchcock
maple valley, wa
Sep 1, 2017

Oh my Lord, The memories of Abey when we were kids, living in the projects, are buried deep within my heart. Sister, Judy

Conrad, L. Bartholomew
Des Moines, Wa
Aug 31, 2017

I felt like you were the cool older cousin and I was proud that you were a Navy Veteran, Fair Winds and Fallowing Seas Abe, Rest in Peace

CC Peyton
Rio Rancho, NM
Aug 31, 2017

Highline Veterinary Hospital
Burien, WA
Aug 31, 2017

We are all very sorry to hear about Abe's passing. We remember his mischievous grin when we would tell him he was feeding the dogs too many treats. He obviously loved them so much. I'm sure the first thing he did when he got to Heaven was to give Harley a cookie!

Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. We know he will be greatly missed.

Dr. Roxane and the entire staff at Highline Veterinary Hospital

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