Joost Adrian Korpel, 54, of Iowa City, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Celebration of Life Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Solon, with Reverend Carol Kress and Reverend Laura Guy presiding. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Brosh Chapel in Solon, located at 100 S. Cedar St. See full obituary www.broshchapel.com .
Joost was born June 16, 1958, in Melbourne, Australia, the son of Adrian and Abelone Modesta Hendrika Korpel (nee Israel). At the age of 2, the family immigrated to Chicago, Ill. He met Margaret Jean (Knight) at the University of Illinois and they married on May 22, 1981.
Joost became an eagle scout on Aug. 11, 1976. He graduated John Hersey High School, Prospect Heights, Ill., in 1977. During his higher education years he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. Joost graduated with a master’s degree in geology from the University of Iowa in 1981.
Joost was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America in his youth and continued to be a leader in the area. He was awarded one of the most prestigious awards for leaders in November 2007, the District Award for Merit. He spent many years working with Cub Scouts at a summer day camp and even volunteered his time to be a leader at a week-long Boy Scout camp. Joost was a respected member of the organization and sat in on many Eagle Scout Boards of Review. He would have completed eight years as a leader in Solon Troop 120 on March 7. He completed the advanced training Wood Badge program for dedicated leaders. In addition to his work with the Boy Scouts, he was also an active leader in the Order of the Arrow program, an honorary organization for exceptional scouts. A friend of his in the program says, “We will all remember his smile, his friendship, and his commitment to the scouting program.”
Joost provided expertise in both geology IT and network administration data management at the Iowa Geological Survey and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He helped to develop the primary Geographic Information Database for the State of Iowa and other natural resource databases and internet applications for the public access. He was a member of the Geological Society of Iowa and a Microsoft Certified Professional. Joost also owned an independent computer consulting firm called GeoWeb. He loved to fascinate his children with rock knowledge in his spare time.
In 1996, he and his wife Margaret built their dream house, a log cabin. He enjoyed camping with his family every year. Last summer, he and his son, Ian, began rebuilding their 1952 Willys Korean War Jeep. He and his daughter, Hannah, were active members of the Solon Venture Crew. In 2007, the crew went to Colorado and completed a 14,000 foot climb, as well as white-water rafting, hiking, and backpacking. Joost will be remembered as a great dad and a loving son and husband. He will be greatly missed.
Joost is survived by his wife of 30 years, Margaret, his father, Adrian, and his two children, Hannah and Ian. His step-sisters step-brother, their families, multiple in-laws and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Loni.
Memorials may be directed to Margaret Korpel for the Joost Korpel Memorial Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com