Lois Copple
1928 - 2016
Iles Funeral Home - Dunn's Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
Lois Copple

Des Moines

One of Central Iowa's female business pioneers, Lois Copple, former CEO of the Whylie Eye Care Centers, passed away at home on October 11, 2016 at the age of 88.

Lois was born in 1928 in Chicago, IL to Francis and Dr. Maurice Rosin, O.D. The family eventually moved to Dallas, TX where she graduated from Highland Park High School. She attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Illinois, where she was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.

Lois married the love of her life, Ralph Copple in 1953. Ralph and his brother, Clarence, owned City Supply Corporation, a Des Moines wholesale plumbing company which is still in business today. In 1980 when Ralph sold City Supply, Lois embarked on her business career, which was as distinguished as it was lengthy.

Lois purchased Whylie Eye Care Centers from Joe Whylie, and grew the optical business from two to twelve locations. In 2013, Lois retired and turned the business over to her sons, Vincent and Kenton. She was the company spokesperson for 33 years, appearing in many memorable TV commercials, which always ended with "Come see us".

Even in retirement in Las Vegas, Whylie Eye Care Centers was never far from her thoughts. She kept up-to-date on all important business dealings and when in Iowa, she loved to continually help train new employees.

Lois had many passions. Her family and faith were very important to her. She was a devoted wife, dedicated mother and loving grandmother.

Travel was a great passion for Lois, exploring the world with her family and friends. She also loved playing cards and was an accomplished bridge player. In addition, many times Lois and her dear friend, Berenice Moss, could be found at Prairie Meadows enjoying the poker tables.

Lois' passions are evident in her list of accomplishments and life's work. She was President of the Jewish Federation of Women, a Board Member of Temple B'nai Jeshurun, Iowa Senior Life Center board member, chair of the Life Center Golden Ball multiple times, co-chaired a fundraising event for the Weizmann Institute in Israel, campaign manager for the 1970 Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee, runner-up for Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Woman of the Year for the Chrysalis Foundation, docent at the Des Moines Art Center, a member of the Greenwood School PTA and a member of the Duplicate Bridge Club in Las Vegas and Des Moines.

Lois is survived by her sons, Vincent (Sue) and granddaughter, Regan; Kenton (Dr. Lisa) and grandsons, Kade and Carson; and son, Clayton. She is also survived by many special nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Richard Rosin.

Per her request, a private family service was held. A reception to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Ralph Copple Camp Fund at Temple B'nai Jeshurun.

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Dear Susie, Vince, and Regan,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May the peace that passes understanding be yours as you are comforted by friends and family.
Love, Pat, Andy, and Rachel Nizzi
October 30, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the Copple family.
I developed a special friendship with Lois during the 1980's as an advertising sales rep with the Des Moines Register. I have thought of her often over the years and always had the utmost respect for her . She will be missed.

Cheri Rothchld Sandman
October 17, 2016
Clay, Vince, and Kenton,
We are very sorry to hear of your mom's passing last week. She was a wonderful, kind, and generous person. She always made me feel welcome when I was around her. I'm sure you will miss her greatly.
Marc and Barbi Sink
October 17, 2016
Clay, Vince, and Kenton,
I'm very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful, kind and generous person. I always felt welcome around her.
I'm sorry for your loss as I know you will miss her greatly.
Marc and Barbi Sink
October 17, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out the the family of this wonderful, kind, caring and compassionate lady. I had the pleasure of working with Lois at Whylie's and she always was there to give inspiration and words of wisdom to follow my dreams. She will be truly missed.
Maradee McClain-Henry
October 16, 2016
I worked for Lois Copple and her family at the Whylie Eye Care Center in the Skywalk location in the 80's and have always admired her leadership style. Lois was a real role model for all those women she employed and lead us by example time and time again. Clayton, Vincent and Casey you can all be so very proud of your mother and who she was. God bless all of you in your time of sorrow.
Jeannine Rousseau
October 16, 2016
My heart goes out to Lois' family and friends. What a wonderful lady and entrepreneur, who graced the general public with her enthusiasm, smile and concern for us ~ and now graces heaven with her presence.
Karen W
October 15, 2016
Dear Regan and Family,

My sympathy to you in the passing of your Grandmother. What a wonderful role model she was for you! May all your treasured memories of times with her sustain you in the days ahead.


Judy Chamat
October 15, 2016
Our sincere sympathy to the family. May the many memories of her bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.
Jerry (BW) and Judy King
Jerry King
October 14, 2016
Lisa, I'm so sorry about the loss of your mother-in law. I also send my condolences to your husband Kenton, and the rest of the Copple family. I know Lois will be greatly missed. You may not remember me, but I worked at Optometric Associates in Indianola when you were first starting college to become an Optometrist.
Donna Dewey
October 14, 2016
To the Copple Family,
We hope that you know that you have our support and sympathy.
Your loss is great--- as your mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin, was
also a wonderful good friend, that we
were priveledged to know---
and blessed
to have loved.
She contributed her time, wisdom, and heart.
Lois will be remembered for this,
by many.
Many generations have benefited, as
many more will benefit from Lois contributions and her labors of love,
that she gave of herself.
Noah and Sally,
And family.
Noah and Sally Lacona and Family
October 13, 2016
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