Daniel Joseph Kauppi

February 22, 1965 ~ September 27, 2018 (age 53)

Lt. Daniel Joseph Kauppi, 53 died peacefully at Ocean Springs Hospital on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Dan was severely injured in an auto accident in April and had been undergoing extensive therapy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for the last 4 months.

Daniel was born in Concord, MA on February 22, 1965 and was raised in Maynard, MA. He came to the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a crew member of the USS John Rogers in 1984 and shortly thereafter, he met and married his wife of 33 years Laurie (Materna) Kauppi. He lived in Gautier most of his life were he raised 3 children and worked for the GFD.

He was a loving father who enjoyed coaching ball when his children were young, visiting with friends and family, playing darts, pool, and singing karaoke. He was incredibly hardworking and loved to fish, boat, and anything outdoors. Dan had a great sense of humor and enjoyed having fun. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Christopher Kauppi, his mother Donna Hickey, stepdad Jack Hickey, father Peter Kauppi, grandparents Mary and Joe Thomas and his adored grandmother Margaret "Nana" Brenn.

He is survived by his wife Laurie( Materna) Kauppi, daughter Hannah (George) Buckley of Lucedale, his son Joseph Kauppi, his sisters Linda Kauppi and Jana (Jason) Murray. He was a fun and doting "Papa" to 4 grandchildren; Bryston, Hailee, Kayston, and Easton Buckley. Nephews Zachary (Amanda) Brought, Joshua (Emma) Brought and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends. He also leaves behind his great friend (brother) Fred Mineo.

Visitation will be Sunday September 30, 2018 at Gautier O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home from 1:00-3:00 pm followed by funeral service at 3:00pm in the chapel. Condolences may be expressed online at


OBryantOKeefe Funeral Home
3290 Ladnier Road
Gautier ,  MS 39553
9/30/2018 at 1:00-3:00 pm


OBryantOKeefe Funeral Home
3290 Ladnier Rd
Gautier ,  MS 39553
9/30/2018 at 3:00 pm

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