COAL TOWNSHIP — Clarence J. "Copper" Kopp Jr., 90, formerly of Gowen Street, Coal Township, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, while in the company of his loving family members, at The Homeland Center, Harrisburg, Dauphin County.
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He was born in Coal Township, April 28, 1923, a son of the late Lucille (Mowery) and Clarence J. Kopp Sr.
He attended Coal Township schools and then served in the U.S. Marines as a private first class in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Copper was married in St. Joseph Church, Coal Township, Sept. 3, 1949, to Marian T. (Schira) Kopp, who preceded him in death Oct. 1, 2001.
He retired after working as a laborer at Celotex Products in Paxinos. He was previously employed at Olmstead Air Force Base.
Copper was a proud resident of his hometown, Coal Township. An extremely active individual, he was a life member and past treasurer of the Fairview Fire Company, Coal Township; member and former president of the Coal Township Fire Bureau, and a member of the Coal Township Fire Police, Fairview Gun Club and the Penn State Alumni Association. As part of the Penn State extension, he taught numerous firefighting courses to local firemen over the years.
He was an avid sports fan of Penn State University and also the former Philadelphia A's and Philadelphia Phillies. He had a very creative side to him, which showed in his folk art work. He loved to read, especially books on history and/or sports and the daily newspaper. A man with a "green thumb," his garden consisted mostly of vegetables in his earlier years, but as he grew older his talents turned to his love for flowers.
Copper is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Kopp and her husband, Alfredo Perez, of Houston, Texas, Elizabeth "Betsy" Kopp and her fiance, Michael Najarian, of Harrisburg, and Jeanne Shellman and her husband, David Shellman, of New Cumberland; a son, George Kopp and his wife, Gina Napoli, of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Andres and Davi Perez, Sara and Maria Shellman, and Richard, Brandon and Samantha Kopp; a sister, Audrey Korzenaskie, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Copper was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Dinklocker and Ethel Kopp.
The Kopp family is extremely grateful for the loving care and friendship given to him by his caregivers the past eight years while he was a resident at The Homeland Center and Colonial Park Care Center.
KOPP — Clarence J. "Copper" Kopp Jr., 90, formerly of Gowen Street, Coal Township. A religious funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday at James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township, with the Rev. David Butler officiating. Interment with full military honors accorded by the U.S.M.C. Black Diamond Detachment will follow in St. Edward Cemetery, Coal Township. Family and friends are invited to call at the visitation from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home. As an expression of sympathy, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Homeland Center, 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg 17102; or Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg 17110-9794.
Kelley Funeral Home
1001-05 W Arch St
Coal Township, PA 17866
Published in The News Item on Mar. 23, 2014