Richard L. “Dick” Copas, age 80, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Holzer Medical Center ER in Jackson, Ohio. He was born October 8, 1932 in Wellston, Ohio to the late Edward E. Copas and Daisy Mundy Copas Sutton.
Dick was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean War. He was retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation, working out of the Sidney office for over 30 years. He attended the Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston and was a member of the American Legion, the V.F.W. and was an avid amateur radio operator known as K8RLC.
Dick is survived by his wife, Marilyn Starcher Brady-Copas; children, Michael (Becky) Copas of Miller City, Oh., Kimberly (Alan) Kerber of Cullman, Ala., and Kathy (Bruce) Stotler of Quincy, Oh.; step-daughter, Brenda (Jr.) Price of Wellston; half-brother, Martin Sutton of Denver, Co., as well as eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Stryker Copas; step-father, Martin Sutton; step-son, Jeff Brady; brothers, Walter, James, Charles and Robert Copas; sisters, Mary Rice and Myrtle Queen, and step-sisters, Ada Marie Strickland and Virginia Strickland.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Following cremation, burial will be at a later date in the Fairview Cemetery in Quincy, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com.