Clyde Norman Copple, 83, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Born Sept. 6, 1930, Norman was the first of three children born to Clyde Cleo and Agnes Lavonne (Land) Copple. Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1951-55, serving on the U.S.S. Missouri during the Korean Conflict. He married Delories Mae Lepper on Mother's Day, May 10, 1953. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Norman and Dee came home to Rushville where they lived and raised their family for the next 60 years.
Mr. Copple was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and true friend to many.
In additionto his wife Delories, Norman is survived by his two daughters, Mrs. Penny Sue Gordon of Rushville and Mrs. Nancy Ann (David) Tucker of Greenwood; son, Bruce Norman (Paula) Copple of Greensburg; grandchildren, Matthew (Joni) Gordon of Rushville, Christopher (Jackie) Ralstin of New Salem, Brandon (Katie) Tucker of Hattisburg, Miss., Katie Gordon (and Shane Brooks) of Greenfield and Benjamin Copple of Indianapolis. Norman and Dee have also been blessed with great-grandchildren Jarrod, Jonathan, Olivia, McKenna, Jake, Eli, Grace, Mollie, Mia and Lydia. His children and grandchildren brought him much love and joy. Norman is also survived by a sister, Vicki Lynn (Terry) Rench of Clayton, Ohio, and special cousin Deborah Lawton (Art) Falcone of Florida.
Besides his parents, Norman was preceeded in death by a sister, Barbara Matlock, and his son-in-law, Bill Gordon.
Besides his family, Norman's greatest love was Rushville. After returning to Rushville from the Navy, Norman went to work for W.G. & Richard Waggoner in 1957. In 1967, he purchased the Firestone Franchise from the Waggoners. He later went on to build the Firestone Tire & Service Center, and later the True Value Hardware Store and Copple Electronics and Radio Shack, all on Main Street. Norman loved the downtown business district of Rushville and organized many parades and activities through the Rushville Chamber of Commerce and the downtown Merchants Association. He spent many summers organizing and setting off the fireworks display on July 4th! Whenever asked to contribute to an event in Rushville, Norman was always the first in line to help. He truly loved our city!