David H. Cope, 75, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley.
He was born on July 1, 1937 in Balsam, North Carolina, the son of Thomas & Edith (Coward) Cope. In 1940 the family moved to Sedro-Woolley and there he was raised and attended school, graduating from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1955.
Dave served his country with the U.S. Marines 1957 through 1963 during the Korean Conflict
, and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After his discharge he returned to Sedro-Woolley where he began a 29 year career with the U.S. Post Office in Sedro-Woolley in 1963, working in mail delivery and as a postal clerk. He retired in 1992.
Dave was an avid fisherman, he enjoyed woodworking and making walking canes, enjoyed stump & rock hounding, was a gun collector, and most of all he was a jokester, pulling pranks and telling "colorful" jokes. He enjoyed many times sharing with friends and family at the bakery in Sedro-Woolley.
Dave is survived by his children, Dianne Gardner, of Sedro-Woolley, David W. Cope (Angie) of Arlington, Tom Bowman of Sedro-Woolley and Yolanda "Jo" Byrne (Russ) of Colorado Springs, CO; 7 grandchildren, Trent Gardner, Micky Jensen, Amanda Titmus, Shaylene Titmus, Olivia Cope, Carl (Kalena) Byrne and Kimberly (Jason) Marvel and several great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Margaret Duncan of Sedro-Woolley and Phyllis Birkholz of New Rockford, ND; an uncle John "Raymond" Coward of Sedro-Woolley and numerous special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Cope and a sister, Edith "Kookie" Hill.
There will be no services at this time.
Memorials are suggested to a
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
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