Roy E. Coppenbarger

Posted 9/9/21

Roy E. Coppenbarger

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Roy E. Coppenbarger


KENNEY — Roy E. Coppenbarger, 88, of Kenney, passed away on September 8, 2021, at Manor Court in Clinton.   

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, with the Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant.  Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton.  Visitation will be held from 9:30–10:30 a.m. on  Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Roy was born on June 19, 1933, in Hallsville, the son of Marion Luther and Ida Cordelia (Brittin) Coppenbarger. He graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1958 and later earned a master’s degree from ISU.

He married his wife of 62 years, Donna Frances Fitzpatrick, on June 28, 1958, and they lived in Kenney for 52 years.  She passed away on August 1, 2020. 

Roy taught drafting in Decatur and Springfield schools until 1975 and was an insurance broker in Kenney for 48 years.  He raced motorcycles, enjoyed photography, traveling with his family and loved listening to audio books.  He was a gifted mechanic and appreciated automobiles of all types.  He was a member of the VFW and the Kenney-Hallsville American Legion Post #1133.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Frances Coppenbarger, of Bourbonnais, Ill.  Also surviving are sisters-in-law Kathryn (Fred) Norman, of Springfield, Margaret Long of Pittsboro, Ind., Marilyn Fitzpatrick of Pawnee, Ill., Michele (Michael) Thompson, of Springfield, and brothers-in-law Dale (Peggy), of Effingham, James (Sue), of Wickenburg, Ariz., Robert “Willie” (Debbie) of Alva, Okla., and Jerry, of Franklin, sisters-in-law Jean Ann Fitzpatrick and Carole Fitzpatrick as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and his long-time caregiver, Bobbi Morse, of Kenney. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wilbur (Barbara), Roger (Carol), Ronald, and Donald (Iva); brothers-in-law Joseph Fitzpatrick, Hershel Fitzpatrick, and Richard Long and sisters-in-law Dorothy and Wilma Fitzpatrick.

Memorials may be made to the Kenney Heritage Association.

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