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.