William Eugene Copple

January 7, 1931June 24, 2020

William Eugene Copple, affectionately known as “Popo”, 89 of Roeland Park, KS passed away peacefully at home on June 24, 2020 surrounded by his family.

He was born January 7, 1931, in Kansas City, MO to Ralph & Sarah Copple. He attended Shawnee Mission North High School, Kansas University and received his degree from Central Missouri State University. He worked as an Insurance Agent for over 30 years. He served in the Marines during the Korean War stationed in South Korea. In 1963 he married Mary Elizabeth Bratton.

He was an avid race car fan and season ticket holder for the Indianapolis 500 for over 51 years. For many years he volunteered in a mentorship program at Lansing Correctional Facility. He enjoyed volunteering to help feed the homeless at St. Mary’s Food Kitchen in Kansas City, KS.

He is preceded in death by both parents, an older brother Justin Copple and his wife Mary of 34 years. He is survived by his step-son, John (Karen) Stansbury, and three children; William (Shelly) Copple, Kevin Copple (Lacy), Dara (Stephen) Colgan, one brother Dean Copple (Nancy), several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Carter Healthcare hospice team for their compassion during our fathers last days. We also would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Peter Taylor and his nurse Ann Culver of the Kansas City, MO VA Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5500 Woodson, Mission, KS on Wednesday, July 1. Visitation from 9:30am to 10:00am. Burial will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020


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Daria Dixon

June 28, 2020

Thank you for welcoming me into your family and allowing me to care for Bill. It was an honor to help with his journey