DANVILLE — Richard D. “Dick” Colopy, 87, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon.
He was born in Danville on Aug. 16, 1929, to the late Donald and Florence (Blanchard) Colopy, and was a lifetime resident of Knox County. He served in the Army as a Platoon Leader for two years and was one of only two soldiers in his platoon who returned home from the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.
He spent his whole life working on the family dairy farm, with his wife at his side for over 60 years. He loved spending time with his family and working the farm with his grandsons. He was also a member of the St. Luke Catholic Church and the Danville American Legion Post 650.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Twila B. (Ferenbaugh) Colopy, whom he married Nov. 28, 1951; his daughter, Donna (Doug) Beckley of Walhonding; daughter-in-law, Michelle (Bill) Colopy Lake of Danville; grandchildren, Mike (Amy) Colopy, Kristin (Matt) Proper, and Eric Colopy all of Danville, Ashley (Timothy) Clutter of Gambier, and Nick (Meagan) Beckley of Walhonding; great-grandchildren, Ella, Carson, and Parker Proper, Makayla (Bryant Blubaugh), Blake, and Easton Colopy, Emma, Sarah, and Leah Clutter, Ethan and Elliot Morgan, and Carly Beckley; a great-great grandchild, Arya Blubaugh; three sisters, Florence Hildenbrand of Howard, Margie Samples, and Marilyn Arnold of Danville; and two brothers, Robert and Joseph Colopy, both of Fredericktown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Clarence R. Colopy; a brother, Donald Colopy; and two sisters, Barbara Colopy, and Regina Randall.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at the St. Luke Church in Danville. Burial, with Military Honors conducted by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in St. Luke Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 6-8 at the church Thursday night.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Legion Post 650, P.O. Box 12, Danville, OH 43014. The Fischer Funeral Home is handling arrangements. fischerfuneralhome.com.