Dortha Deane (Rudy) Kopke

July 29, 1926April 9, 2021

Dortha Deane (Rudy) Kopke 94, longtime resident of Overland Park died peacefully on April 9, 2021 at the Olathe Health Hospice House. She was born on July 29, 1926 in Soldier, Kansas the daughter of Velma Ruth (Coverdale) Rudy, and Claude W. Rudy.

She is preceded in death by both parents, her sister Karen Elaine Rudy, her brother Richard Lee Rudy, her daughter Pamela Ann Bartley & husband Gary Bartley and her niece Kathy Franz.

Surviving are her son Jerry Kopke & wife Taunya, of Fayetteville, AR and daughter Marcia Dougherty, of Shawnee, KS; her grandchildren, Karyn Harmon, Jeremy Bartley, Kathie Lumbard & husband Brian, Brian Dougherty, Anna Kopke, and Misha Kopke; great grandchildren Ayden Bartley, Chloe Dougherty, Kenley Lumbard, and Brittan Lumbard. Also, surviving are her niece Carol Hughes & husband Tyson of Myrtle Beach, SC and nephew Allen Rudy of Australia.

Dortha grew up on the family farm outside Soldier, Kansas and graduated from Soldier High School. Dortha’s life was devoted to family and her church. She loved traveling, creating birthday cards for church members, and spending time with friends and family.

Her funeral/memorial service will be held at New Haven SDA Church in Overland Park, KS on Friday, April 16th at 3pm.

Memorial Contributions may be given to New Haven SDA Church, 8714 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 66212.


  • New Haven SDA Church


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021


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Jim Snyder

April 15, 2021

Dot was an amazing lady. I loved hearing her stories about growing up in Soldier Kansas and her keen interest in the extended family. She was always sweet and kind to me and my family. I’ll miss seeing her a family reunion time.

Jay Coverdale

April 14, 2021

Dot was a favorite at the Coverdale reunions. Her caring and loving spirit were second to none and she always had great memories to share about growing up in Soldier, Ks. We will miss her and take comfort that her spirit is now with the loved ones who have passed before her.

Keep a close eye on us Dot, you are forever in our hearts.

Susan Harris-Cauthon

April 13, 2021

Dot Kopke will be surely missed. I have been a friend of her youngest daughter, Marcia for years. I believe we met when I was 13 at skating rink. We had overnights at her house. Her mother was so kind and friendly. She was the best cook. My favorite was her strawberry pies. Over the years my girls would say that's Marcia's moms house when we would drive by on way home.
She was blessed to be a grandmother and great grandmother. She was very proud of her family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Harold & Susan Cauthon

Donna Davis

April 13, 2021

What a special friend Dortha was to me. Such a sweet and loving person. We were in Sabbath School together. We met together for bible studies on Fri. nights with a group of ladies, she was in the Red Hat, Red Tie Service group from church with me, we had church meals together, got together as much as we could even though I moved. We'd go to antique stores together and eat out on occasion. I'd sit with her in church. She loved making special cards for friends and family. She will be truly missed. Rest in peace dear friend until we meet again. Remembered with love, Donna

Sharon Meador

April 12, 2021

I have fond memories of Dortha. We had many bible group studies together, received her BD cards, dined out with friends, we were in the same Sabbath school class, sat with her in church & I even received homemade cookies at Christmas. She was always so sweet & kind and I know we will miss her. I know she had a love for frogs & I believe she had one I gave her in the back window of her green Camry. Rest dearest Dortha until Jesus comes again. Love always, Sherri