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Richard L. ‘Dick’ Copas

Richard L. “Dick” Copas,  80, of Wellston, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson.

He was born Oct. 8, 1932, in Wellston, to the late Edward E. Copas and Daisy Mundy Copas Sutton. A veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean War. He was retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation, working out of the Sidney office for more than 30 years. He attended the Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston and was a member of the American Legion, the V.F.W. and was an avid amateur radio operator known as K8RLC.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Starcher Brady-Copas; children, Michael (Becky) Copas of Miller City, Kimberly (Alan) Kerber of Cullman, Ala., and Kathy (Bruce) Stotler of Quincy; stepdaughter, Brenda (Jr.) Price of Wellston; half-brother, Martin Sutton of Denver, as well as eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, two great-stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Stryker Copas; stepfather, Martin Sutton; stepson, Jeff Brady; brothers, Walter, James, Charles and Robert Copas; sisters, Mary Rice and Myrtle Queen, and stepsisters, Ada Marie Strickland and Virginia Strickland.

Calling hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston.

Following cremation, burial is at a later date in the Fairview Cemetery in Quincy.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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