TRIVOLI - Lee Roy Copple, 88, of Trivoli, Ill., promoter of Hampshire and Suffolk sheep, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
He was born in Banner Township in Fulton County on Dec. 25, 1924, to John D. Copple and Mable Brown Copple. He married Marjorie Arlene Turner on June 15, 1947, in Cuba, Ill.
He served with the United States Army, taking training at Fort McClellan, Ala., in 1945, as an infantryman replacement, but upon arriving in Manila, Philippines, he served in the Military Police Unit for 16 months.
Upon returning to the United States, he was employed by the Peoria County Farm Bureau as dairy herd improvement supervisor. He farmed near Eden, Ill., for 55 years, receiving the Peoria Jaycees Young Farmer of the Year Award in 1955.
He was a charter member of the Farmington East Adult Agriculture Society. Later he became a board member of the Trivoli Farmers Co-Op Elevator. He was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, a former 10-year leader of Logan Hustlers 4-H, chairman of the Peoria area Wool Pool and Charter, a member of the Illinois Valley Lamb and Wool Growers Association, a member of the National Suffolk Association and a state of Illinois Lamb and Wool Producer director of Illinois Valley Lamb Marketing Association in Cazenovia, Ill. He received the lifetime sheep achievement award at the Illinois State Fair in 2005, presented by Chuck Hardtke, director of agriculture.
He was initiated to the Farmington Masonic Lodge 192 in 1948, later becoming Master in 1994, and also a member of the Scottish Rite and Mohammed Shrine.
Lee Roy accompanied 158 veterans by plane on April 24, 2010, to Washington, D.C., to visit all memorials for veterans out of Moline Quad Cities Honor Flight.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington is in charge of local arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, David and Martha of Hanna City and Donald of Dunlap; seven grandchildren, Matthew Copple, Timothy Copple, Christopher Copple, Benjamin Copple, Clinton Copple, Robin Wahls and Rene Copple; and four great-grandchildren, Annalia Wahls, Daniel Copple, Hudson Wahls and Elizabeth Copple.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Marjorie, on Nov. 12, 2008.
Services will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at Hanna City United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joy Schlesselman and the Rev. Bob Debolt officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington and also 30 minutes prior to services at the church. Masonic rites by Farmington Lodge 192 will be at 8 p.m. Military rites will be by the Thrush Parry Post 212, of which Copple was commander in 1984 and 1985 and financial officer for 18 years. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, Ill.
Memorials may be made to Farmington Academic Scholarship Foundation, Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District or Hanna City United Methodist Church.
To view Lee Roy's memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.