Roy Lee Cope
August 2, 1925 - March 7, 2014
Roy Lee Cope passed away peacefully at home on March 7th. He was born August 2nd, 1925 in Norton, Kansas to Louis and Anna Cope.
He joined the U.S. Navy during WWII and served foreign duty aboard the USS President Adams, a Jackson Class attack transport, as a Quarter Master third class. He participated in a number of major engagements with the Japanese, for which he received many honors and a citation for his part in Iwo Jima. After the war he returned to Norton where he married the love of his life, Faye Van Der Wege.
He worked in the LP Gas industry most of his life, and retired from J.S. West Co. of Modesto, as head of their Fuel Department in 1991. Shortly after, they moved to Oakhurst, CA where they built their dream home and resided for 20 years.
He was a life-long member of the Elks and enjoyed traveling with the Rig-Runners.
Roy loved hunting, fishing, boating, playing cards, Dixieland Jazz, ice cream, and spending time with his family and friends.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Faye of 66 years, a son Roger Cope of Long Beach, CA, a daughter Robyn Brown (Matt) of Modesto, CA, his precious granddaughter Kristina Lee Cope of Long Beach, CA, nephew Don Cope of Fayetteville, AR, niece Anita Montgomery of Oberlin, KS, and many other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his borther Ray Cope, two sisters Eva Cuthberson, and Faye Webber, and nephew Darryl Webber.
A private memorial service will be held for family and friends at a later date.
In honor of Roy's life and passing, the family suggests the following charities to which you may make a donation in tribute,
, alz.org or Community Hospice, https://give.hospiceheart.org/Donate.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Mar. 19, 2014