Invoice Copple | Obituaries | hastingstribune.com

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Invoice Copple, a person who by no means met a stranger, nor left anybody he encountered with out a story, handed away on the age of 75 at his residence in Columbia, Missouri on July 24, 2021 after a brief battle with aggressive small-cell lung most cancers.

A memorial service might be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 10 a.m. at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Residence in Kearney, Nebraska. Burial will observe at Riverdale Cemetery and luncheon following on the funeral residence. A second graveside service might be held Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Blue Valley Cemetery in Ayr. Refreshments following on the Elks Nation Membership, positioned at 3050 E South St. in Hastings. Memorials could also be given to the household to be designated at a later date. Personal condolences could also be despatched to the household at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Residence & Cremation Middle in serving the household.

Invoice was born Billy Lynn Copple to Russell and Velma (Druecker) Copple on January 30, 1946 at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, NE the place he lived till he moved to Kearney in 1979. He was the second-oldest of 5 siblings, all of whom spent their childhoods on Clearview Farm simply exterior of Hastings. He cherished and remained near his siblings his complete life, and made an early fame for himself as a gear-head, a flirt and eternally ornery behind the wheel of a automotive, notably his ’46 Ford, of which he was immensely proud. After highschool, he attended Milford Commerce Faculty and educated as a welder. He fought within the Vietnam Conflict as a paratrooper within the 82nd Airborne.

On February 23, 1973, he married Charlene Gingrich, who may out-speed-shift him, however nonetheless managed to be a civilizing affect, and who beloved his household as a lot as he did. They lived in Hastings as a extremely social couple till 1979 after they moved to Kearney so Invoice may take a place with Deutz Allis Massey Ferguson promoting farm implements. They raised their two daughters, Melissa and Alison, in Kearney, the place he loved fishing and tenting, tinkering with vehicles, together with the conversion of a painter’s van right into a household camper that noticed many adventures, and seeing his siblings and the household farm as regularly as doable. Within the early ‘90s, he made a profession transfer to Gateway Cellular and Modular Houses as a salesman, the place he stayed fortunately till he retired in 2007.

A lot to everybody’s shock, his beloved Charlene died abruptly in April of the next yr, and Invoice struck out for an journey in Alaska, and different travels all through the nation. It was in the middle of these travels that, in 2016, he was reunited with Julie Billings Relford, a good friend from highschool who had at all times carried a torch for him, and the 2 married in 2017. They introduced out a pleasant childlike orneriness and zest for all times in one another, and he cared for her tirelessly via her battle with most cancers till she died in 2018. Very shortly thereafter, Invoice purchased a small second residence in Columbia, MO to be near his eldest daughter. He was immensely happy with his grandchildren, and fought just like the soldier he was to have the ability to see and communicate with them within the closing hours of his life.

Endlessly pondering of the individuals round him greater than himself, Invoice was greatest recognized for his delight in his household, the generosity of his friendship, his unfailing love for spinning a yarn, and the fierce fraternity he found late in life together with his fellow Vietnam Veterans.

Invoice was preceded in demise by his dad and mom, Russell and Velma Copple; and each of his wives, Charlene and Julie Copple. His ashes might be divided between their two burial plots, as he requested.

Survivors embody siblings, Terry (Jan) Copple of Hansen, Brad (Connie) Copple of Hastings, Janelle Ernst of Hastings, Brian (Javier) Copple of Melbourne, Australia; youngsters, Melissa (Steve) Menard of Columbia, MO, Alison (Josh)  Wick of Lincoln; grandchildren, Rowan Wick of Lincoln, Gabriel Wick of Lincoln; step-grandchildren, Caymen Menard of Columbia, MO, Grace Menard of Columbia, MO.

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