SYCAMORE – Dean Copple, 85, of Sycamore, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Rockford Memorial Hospital.|
Born July 5, 1928, in Dix, the son of Cali and Myrtle (Chapman) Copple, he married Bertie L. Bond in September 1950 in Dix. Dean worked at Duplex products, retiring after 35 years of service.
Survivors include his two sons, Brad (Michelle) Copple and Mark (Nancy) Copple, all of Sycamore; five grandchildren, Jacob, Melissa, John, Christian and Matthew Copple; one brother, Delbert (Doris Ann) Copple of Centralia; one sister, Vera Foutch of Boyd; several nieces and nephews; and his dear companion of more than 20 years, LaVerna Johnson of Sycamore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bertie; four brothers, Darrell, Hubert, Lester and Sam; and three sisters, Mabel, Tess and Ferne.
He was a drafted serviceman during the Korean War, a dedicated father, a man of faith and an active member of the Sycamore community. He was an appointed member of Sycamore's Chamber of Commerce and Ambassador Club and was a member of Gideons International. After his wife, Bertie, passed away, he joined the DeKalb County Hospice Board.
He was the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Clifford Danielson Outstanding Citizen Award and an honorary doctorate degree for exemplary service to community education. He received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service in assisting the DeKalb Municipal Band, and is recognized in the Pete Johnson Hall of Fame as the driving force behind changing Sycamore's Quarterback Club into the Sycamore Sports Boosters where he acted as the organization's first president. He also was a member of the Midwest Museum of Natural History board of directors and is featured in Robert A. Glover's book, "Why Sycamore Works: an Oral History." This compiled list of awards and recognitions is by no means exhaustible in highlighting Dean's achievements and character.
Dean Copple's life exemplified many indispensable foundations for good character, beginning with his boundless love for family, community and God. He was rarely known to back down from a personal challenge and even rarer so was he witnessed admitting defeat when helping a friend or total stranger. In life he remained both active and effective in his roles as a father, brother, grandfather, friend, community leader, neighbor, teacher, mechanic, fisherman, wisecracking regular at Elleson's Bakery, professional baker of banana bread and peanut brittle, and unquestionably as a role model this community will not soon forget.
His funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Evangelical Free Church of Sycamore-DeKalb, 150 Bethany Road, DeKalb, with the Rev. Martin Jones officiating. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made for the Sycamore Sports Boosters or the Midwest Museum of Natural History in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178.
For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2014