WalterDonCopp, 81, of Overland Park, passed away Wednesday, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Nashville, TN February 3rd, 1933, the only child of Annie and WalterCopp. Don graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1951 and attended Vanderbilt University for three years. He continued his schooling at University of California, Santa Barbara and University of Miami (Florida) where he received a B.S. in History in1956.
In 1954 Don married Jean Whelen and had four children together. He was married to his second wife Adair Norris in 1970 until her death in 1994.
During his career, Don owned Draughons Business Colleges in Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; and Atlanta, GA. After moving to Santa Barbara, CA, he worked in sales for a sporting goods company. Don then became involved in the transportation industry where he remained for the balance of his career.
Don was a member of the Shriners and attended the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
Don is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Cliff and Geneve Copp, son and daughter-in-law Mike and Nikki Copp, daughter and son-in-law Donna and Brad Gerstner, and son Devon Copp, his stepdaughter and son-in-law Deb and Ralph Schmadeke. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepson Mike Norris.
The family is gracious for your thoughts and prayers but does not request flowers. There will be a memorial service at a later date.
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Mike and family, I took care of your dad at Vintage park about 5 years ago. He referred to me as "kate". He was one of my first residents that I cared for as a nurse and we became close friends. Usually an hour every night I would sit with your dad in his room and we would just talk. About whatever topics that we would think to talk about. He always had chocolate in the fridge for me! I will
Mike and family, I took care of your dad at Vintage park about 5 years ago. He referred to me as "kate". He was one of my first residents that I cared for as a nurse and we became close friends. Usually an hour every night I would sit with your dad in his room and we would just talk. About whatever topics that we would think to talk about. He always had chocolate in the fridge for me! I will cherish every moment I had with him. The dinners that we went out, and the time he came over and watched the duke game with me at home, or the border war game at the bar. He absolutely loved my son just like his own grandchild. He was a great man and I am sorry that my busy life didn't allow me more time with him at the end of his. Thank you for the opportunity to know such a terrific person! Myself and my husband will miss him greatly.
Posted by: Katherine Baum May 01, 2014
Mike & Nikki and Family:
Our sincere condolences to you all. I got to meet Don while contracting at Vintage Park, we had a few great conversations and we shared the same birthday. Jacob was with me one day and he got a big kick out of talking about the boys and their sports in high school.
Big loss for you all, great reward for Don! May the memories and legacy sustain you all.
Dan & Dee
Posted by: Dan French - Kansas City, MO Apr 27, 2014
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