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Obituary: William Copple, Seymour

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Mr. William Copple, 88, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Lutheran Community Home in Seymour.

Born October 4, 1924, in East Chicago, IN, he was the son of Clyde and Dorothy (Black) Copple. On December 28, 1946, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, White Creek, he married Margaret A. Linnemeier who preceded him in death August 17, 2011. Margaret’s father, the Rev. O.W. Linnemeier performed the ceremony.

Mr. Copple was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. After graduation from Hammond High School, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy three and a half years during World War II. He was personnel and safety director at Cosco for 12 years and 1960 he and his wife opened Happy House Gift Shop in Eastbrook Plaza. After retirement in 1980, he worked at Schneider Implement in Columbus.

He was the father of Katherine (Wilbur) Harner, Nancy Lipka, Robert (Christine) Copple and William (Janet) Copple; grandfather of Eric Harner, Kristi Babcock, Jenny Otte, Erin Smith, Joshua Lipka, Amy Oberdorf, Caitlin Paulen, Lauren Copple and Christopher Copple; great-grandfather of seven; and brother of Donald (Ruby) Copple.

Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church Chapel on Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Edgar Keinath and Rev. James Rodriguez officiating. Burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with a military flag presentation and Taps.

Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made through Voss Funeral Service in Seymour to any Lutheran school of the donor’s choice or Lutheran Community Home.

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