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 addition to 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; five 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 preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Matlock, and his son-in-law, Bill Gordon.
Due to health issues, Norman lost his eyesight nearly 14 years ago. Thanks to the generosity of the Lions Club, this tragedy turned into a blessing when a Standard Poodle named Justus entered Norman’s life. Justus and Norman were inseparable...truly best friends. Justus was not only Norman’s eyes, he became a loved member of the Copple family for 12 years. Sadly, Justus died in October 2013.
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.
Norman has been a 50-year+ member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He served as past exalted ruler of the No. 1307 Elks Lodge. Other organizations Norman involved himself with included the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the Rushville Stock Club and the Circle 8 Poker Club, with seven of his best friends. Norman always loved sharing time with his friends.
Due to failing health, the Copple’s sold their big house on Harrison Street, and moved to the independent apartments at the Ashford Place in Shelbyville in 2010.
Services for Mr. Copple will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Moster Mortuary in Rushville. Pastor Jan Dimick will preside. Visitation with the family will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, also at the mortuary. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Military rites will be presented at the mortuary. Mr. Copple will be buried at Rushville’s East Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be given St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or the Rushville Public Library for children’s books.
Services entrusted to Moster Mortuary.