Claude Pope Jr.

July 1, 1923March 4, 2018
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Claude Pope, Jr., 94, of Connersville died from a broken heart, Sunday night, March 4, 2018 at Fayette Regional Health System.

Claude was born July 1, 1923 in Cynthiana, Kentucky to Claude, Sr. and Effie Banfield Pope. After graduating from Brownsville High School in 1941, Claude was inducted in the United States Army Air Corp where he honorably served in the 504th Bomb Group as an Airplane Electrical Mechanic. He campaigned for the Air Offensive Japan Eastern Mandates, the American Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater; receiving two bronze stars. Prior to his deployment, Claude was stationed in Illinois, Seattle, Washington, Lincoln, Nebraska and New Mexico. He married the love of his life, the former Frances Ervine, in Kansas City, Missouri on June 5, 1943. They were able to celebrate seventy-four years of marriage. In 1953, Claude began his career with Miller Dairy, delivering milk door to door and was dubbed “the last milkman.” He was formerly employed with Connersville Ice Company. Upon retiring, he and Frances purchased a 1987 Cougar and traveled to various locales including Mount Rushmore, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Florida and New Mexico. Claude saw the importance of taking care of his property and remained faithful to keeping his home and vehicles in tip top shape. He was a memorable, stand out man, who was consistently dependable and selfless. Claude was a fantastic father figure that will be remembered for his jolliness. He especially enjoyed his routine shopping at Kroger.

Claude is survived by his five generations of family including his sons and spouses: Mike Pope and Kate of Blooming Grove; Jeff Pope and Lisa of Denver, Colorado; Bob Pope of Connersville; his grandchildren and spouses: Shannon Pope; William Pope and Michelle; Christopher Pope and Carina Lees; Todd Pope and Kim; Crissy Lutz; Amy Feeback and Jeremie; Abby Taylor and Steve Godsey; Ashley Helms and Michael; Brandon Pope and Lauren; Jason Pope and Quinton Pope; his great-grandchildren: Timothy Pope; Robert Pope; Jessica Szalai; Emily, Jack, Kara, Sofie, Maddie, Alyssa, Alexus, Alaina and Adelaide Pope; Mollie Feeback and Jared Hertel; Allison Feeback and Michael Shepard; Carlee Feeback; Mason and Cooper Taylor; Haisley and Hesston Helms; his great-great-grandchildren: Lillian Simmons, Keagon Pope and James Hertel; several nieces and nephews.

Claude is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of seventy-four years, Frances Pope, who died October 23, 2017; his son: William “Bill” Pope and his infant son: Gary Francis Pope; his grandson: Gregory Pope; his brothers: Gurney and William “Bill” Pope and his sisters: Mary Livers and Lucille Burke. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville with his son, Mike Pope officiating. Interment will follow in Dale Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. where memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to


  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, March 10, 2018

Claude Pope Jr.

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Ashley Helms

March 10, 2018

94 years boy what a life. We are a good family because you raised us right. Veteran , milkman father grandfather and more but I think you will be remembered for that smile you always wore . You had such and outgoing attitude no one could ever be mad at you. As a friend said ,you fell in love with him because he was such a sweet man. Peanuts popcorn jam and jelly santas the one with the big fat belly. Is one of your quotes I will remember the most. To hear you pray was quite a blessing even if you were stressing. Wednesdays had become our Milk shake date but I was the only one who gained weight. The last few months you fought a good fight but since you sweetie pie left you have not been right . When I would call each night you would say now I know everyone is ok. We may not be today but we have faith because we will see you again some day. My heart is broken but I will treasure your last words spoken I love you all Ash. Will miss you so much because you had a heart that loved so much. Now enjoy heaven with your sweetie pie you missed so much. Love you Papaw

Laura Gough

March 9, 2018

I am Laura Gough, granddaughter of Norman and Donna Williamson. Donna was Frances's sister. Claude, Frances's husband, was a sweet, wonderful man. I spoke with him many times on the phone during the years I took care of my grandparents. They all loved to talk on the phone to each other. Claude was always so kind. My mother, Karen Gough, remembered that he always had a smile on his face. My father, Harold "Bucky" Gough, remembered seeing him delivering milk and how he always said hello to everyone.
My heart goes out to the family. You have lost a very kind soul. Take comfort in knowing you had the privilege to know such a wonderful man.
I hope he is up in Heaven with his beloved Frances and that they are chatting with my grandparents. They are surely watching over all that they loved. They are always with us.

Matt Showalter

March 9, 2018

He was such a wonderful man. I remember him delivering milk in my neighborhood over on Woodland Dr. He even let me ride in his truck. Always had a smile on his face. And always had a kind word to say. Or a story to tell. He will be missed. God bless you all. RIP Mr. Pope!!

David Uebel

March 7, 2018

When I first came to Connersville Claude made me feel welcome. I never knew Claude not to have a smile on his face and a friendly greeting to follow.

Nancy Allen

March 6, 2018

I remember him delivering our milk when I was younger. I think I rode the truck a couple times. Only to the corner.
He was as a really sweet, gentle , happy man.
Sorry for your loss.

March 6, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family. Terri Williams

Will Pope

March 5, 2018

I remember my Pop as being patient, quick-witted, and always funny. He loved chocolate marshmallow ice cream, and I remember always having that as a kid when we visited my grandparents. My Pop was always a family man, and very proud of his work, and military. Always willing to spend time with the little ones. Very sharp at every age. Always taking in his great grandkids immediately and lovingly. I'm happy that he was surrounded by people that loved him when he passed.

Vicki Ledford McCarty

March 5, 2018

I remember as a child Claude delivering milk to our house. He was a very kind man. Later when I grew up I had the privilege of waiting on him at Kmart. Same sweet man he always was. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God comfort you with His peace and love.

Shannon Pope

March 5, 2018

When I was a little girl, I remember getting to go on Pop's milk truck . He would give me a carton of chocolate milk and I would go with him to Miller's Cafe and he would get me a couple scoops of chocolate marshmallow ice cream. My favorite thing to do with my Pop. I remember one time my brother Chris squirted Pop with the water hose and he spanked him. Alot of great memories go with Pop he will be missed greatly. Milkman GRANDDAUGHTER and the Breadmans daughter. Love ya POP, take care of DAD and GRANNY