John William Copas, 87, of Grape Creek, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.
He was born August 5, 1925 in Danville, IL to David and Lueree Taylor Copas. John married Jacqueline “Jackie” Spicer, who survives. He and Jackie started dating April 1, 1946 and were married August 4, 1946. They have been married 67 years.
He is survived by three children: David (Linda) Copas of Monticello, IN., Kate (Lou) Hablas of Tilton, IL., Sam (Lori) Copas of Decatur, IL., a daughter-in-law Judy Copas of Brookston, IN., and a sister, Rhonda Huff. John is survived by sixteen grandchildren: Molly (Randy) Shedlock, Becky (Walter) Chitty, J.C. (Amy) Copas, Chad O’Leary, April (Matt) Brown, Tawnya Morgan, Corey (Michelle) Terrell, Dennis, Dwayne, Abigail Terrell, Bill Paddock and Justin Copas; and several step grandchildren. He is survived by twenty-one great grandchildren: Levi and Jacqui Chitty; Jake and Max Copas; Katie and Lillie Brown; Michael (Dawn), Joseph and Regina Terrell; Bailee, McKenzie, Abigail and Cori Terrell; Brittany, Amber, and Rodney Paddock; and several step-great grandchildren. John has four great-great grandchildren: Kiera, Kamyron, William, and Dominick Paddock and several step-great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Jim and Rnthym Copas, a sister, Margie Larson and a daughter, Connie (Everett) Terrell, one grandson Joe Morgan, and one great-great granddaughter, Maisy Morgan.
John worked at Muesbeck Shoe Company before going into the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II in the Philippine Islands, Guam, and Korea. Upon returning home, he went to work at Earl Gastoff’s and later retired from R&S Printing. John has been a member of Grape Creek Baptist Church since early childhood serving as a deacon for many years. He was also a Baptist Camp Assurance Trustee. John also served as a school board member of Grape Creek Valley Grade School being the last living member since the school closed. John liked to bowl, read, and was an avid walker of four or five miles a day. He loved for the family to come home to visit and take vacations to Amarillo, Texas for family reunions.
Funeral Services 11am Thursday at Grape Creek Baptist Church 13658 Grape Creek Road, Danville. Pastor David Leary officiating. Burial in the National Cemetery in Danville with military honors by the Westville American Legion. Visitation is from 4-7 pm on Wednesday at the Grape Creek Baptist Church. Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling arrangements. Memorials to the Grape Creek Baptist Church. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.