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Wendell L. Copley

RITTMAN -- Wendell L. Copley, 66, of Rittman died unexpectedly on Sunday night, December 28, 2008 at Medina General Hospital.

He was born October 8, 1942 in Big Creek, WV to Otis and Naomi (Dailey) Copley and lived most of his life in Rittman. He was a 1962 graduate of Rittman High School and a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a pipe fitter at Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems for the past 25 years.

Wendell enjoyed hunting, traveling, skating, and skiing. He was a member of the Wadsworth Hunt Club, Medina County Coon Hunters Club, and Creston Moose Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Betty (Ryneer) Copley; children, Lisa Copley of AZ, Donnie (Jamie) Copley of Rittman, Tamara Gillis of Rittman, Betty (Joe) Erne of Rittman, Terry (Patti) Blackburn of Lodi, David (Jeri) Blackburn of Medina, Tim (Molly) Hamilton of Akron, and Rhonda (Scott) Mickna of Wooster.

18 grandchildren and a great-grandson; ; sisters, Lorraine (Hutch) Hutchison of Rittman, and Judy Thomas (Bob Mariol) of Canton; a brother, Charles (Joyce) Copley of VA.

Services Friday, Jan. 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Dr., Rittman where friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Pastor Faron J. Cole will officiate and burial will be at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the , 15120 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693. www.gillmanfuneralhome.com

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Dec. 30, 2008
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