Herbert C. Copling, 79, Robertsville, passed quietly in his sleep at home Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, 2013.
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Herb was born May 21, 1933, the second youngest of eight children. He joined the Marine Corps in January 1951 and fought in the Korean War, earning the Korean Service Medal, a Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, a U.N. Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
Herb is survived in death by his wife of nearly 58 years, Rosa May Copling, nee Miller, whom he married Feb. 20, 1955. He and Rosa had six children: Larry and wife Cyndi, Carolyn Johnston and husband Dirk, Steve and wife Sonora, Ron and wife Robin, Herb and wife Sharon and Ken, each of whom witnessed the Christian values Herb demonstrated in his daily life. Herb is survived by two brothers, Robert and Art; and three sisters, Georgia, Geneva and Ethel. He also is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Herb served as a deacon at Oak Grove Baptist Church for over 38 years and was a devout man of God. He spent many of his retirement days out in his wood shop honing his skills as a carpenter. Herb was a pro-football fan and enjoyed spending time with Rosa.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Arthur and Merle, nee Mize; and two sisters, Hester Land and Helen Reiner.
A celebration of life ceremony was held for Herb at Midlawn Funeral Home, 7280 Highway 47, Union, MO 63084, Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. A viewing was held at the same location Saturday evening, Feb. 9, between 5 and 8. Herb was laid to rest in the cemetery at Midlawn after the service Sunday with full military honors.
Herb was seriously wounded during the Korean War. After months in the hospital and much rehabilitation, he fully recovered to live a full life. In honor of other soldiers who risk their lives serving their country, Rosa respectfully requests donating to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of giving flowers. A link for the Wounded Warrior Project can be found on Herb's obituary page at www.midlawn.com, or www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
Arrangements were made by Midlawn Funeral Home, Union.
Published in The Missourian on Feb. 13, 2013