Edward "Ted" J. Koplar
December 23, 1943 – April 4, 2021
Edward J. “Ted” Koplar passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family April 4, 2021. He was 77 years old.
Koplar was known as a pioneer and innovator in the television industry and beyond. A native St. Louisan, he grew hometown favorite KPLR-TV into one of the most successful independent television stations in the country. In a career filled with accomplishments, Koplar also launched Voltron, an animated TV sensation that swept the nation, and pioneered a revolutionary technology that made television interactive. More than anything, those he worked with remember him for his enormous heart and extraordinary kindness.
Koplar’s first love was always his family. He met the love of his life, Nancy Scanlon, when she appeared on the “Harry Fender Show” broadcast out of the Steeplechase Room of the Chase Park Plaza in 1973. He asked the producer for an introduction, they talked the rest of the evening in the lobby of the Chase, and he knew right away she was the woman he wanted to marry. After a persistent courtship he won her over and they were married in 1974.
Ted and Nancy enjoyed a whimsical 46-year marriage that gave them five children. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, not missing a single sporting event, graduation or significant life milestone.
He is survived by his wife Nancy and their five children Emilee Koplar Wolfe (Brian), Robert “Bob” (Emily), Alison Koplar Wyatt (Zach), Sam Koplar (Ashley Beleos) and Kevin Koplar. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Brown (Peter); and grandchildren Caroline, Sammy, Evan and Alex Wolfe; Dagny, Beau and Coco Wyatt; Livya and Josyln Koplar; and Susetta and Lachlan Koplar.
Funeral services will be private. Donations honoring Ted's memory are welcomed for the Diabetes Fund at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Memorial contributions may be sent to 1001 Highlands Plaza Drive West, Suite 140 St. Louis, MO 63110 or submitted online at www.foundationbarnesjewish.org.
Private Funeral Service Available via Live Stream
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Edward "Ted" J. Koplar
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Karen Pemberton (Haydon)
April 11, 2021
I worked for Ted as an administrative assistant from 1990-1993. What an amazing boss he was! We lost touch after I moved away. For the past five years I’ve thought, “I need to go see him and catch up.” Sadly, I never did ... and I regret that terribly. What a wonderful husband, father, friend, and boss. I remember one occasion when I helped him organize is entire office. He was so thankful and appreciative. He came in Monday and said “I feel great ... I went out and bought 5 new suits!” I got a kick out of that. Another time he dressed up as Santa and took Christmas to a family in need. He was just beaming. He always was so thoughtful of others. I also have fond memories of you kids calling the office. I particularly remembered Bobby calling almost daily. Your dad always stopped the world for you kids and his loving wife. Family was everything to him. He made a difference in my world, and I am forever grateful for the years I spent at Koplar. My heartfelt condolences to all of you. He was truly one of a kind.
April 8, 2021
My memories are to numerous to tell here. What I can say is that I have known Ted all my life. He was without a doubt the most understanding person I knew and this empathy which he displayed had an influence on everyone that he touched. His Love for Family was beyond measurement and second to none. That Love Reached out to his sister, Susan, and The Browns. The Whole Shenker Family and also the Bennets. His kindness and generosity was immense and far reaching. Each of his Children thought they were his Favorite. They were all correct. They were all his Favorite. Each of his Grand Children also thought that they were his Favorite. They were also all correct. Each one was his Favorite. His Friends all thought that they were his Best friend. They too were all correct. The People that worked with Ted through out the years thought that they individually were the most important, They Too were all correct.
However, Nancy was, without a doubt, Ted's most Favorite. She was his Rock, Partner, Confidant, and Lover. If it was a Cloudy Gloomy day all Nancy had to do was walk into the room or give Ted a call and all of a sudden it was Bright, Warm, and Beautiful.
I will miss our many conversations and his words of wisdom and understanding. I will miss him very much. Please Rest in Peace knowing that you have left a Legacy that we can all be Proud of.
My sister, Patty, along with me and the rest of the Shenker Family, Loved you and will miss You.
Your Cousin, Arthur