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Wayne LeRoy Copple

November 22, 1934 ~ April 21, 2019 (age 84)


Wayne LeRoy Copple, 84 years and 6 months, of Sloan, Iowa, went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Skien Lutheran Church in Albaton, Iowa, with Pastor Craig Bock officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Albaton, with military honors provided by the 185th Air National Guard of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa, Iowa.

Wayne LeRoy was born on November 22, 1934, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Lloyd and Evelyn (Olson) Copple. He attended country school, and then attended school in Whiting, Iowa, and Jefferson, South Dakota, before graduating from Sloan High School in 1953. Following graduation, he attended basic training in San Antonio, Texas, and then worked full-time for the 174th Air National Guard in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

Wayne married Margaret Swan on October 27, 1957, at the Skien Lutheran Church in Albaton. To this union two children were born: Todd and LeAnn.

He was called to serve in Vietnam from May 1968 – May 1969, with the 185th Supply Squadron. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

Following his time in the service, Wayne farmed in the Sloan area until his retirement. He still continued to be involved with farming until last fall.

Wayne enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, spending time in nature, flowers, birds, and other animals. He was a great story teller and had a very happy personality. He was a member of the Skien Lutheran Church in Albaton, and served for many years on the church council.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret Copple of Sloan, IA; son, Todd (Dawn) Copple of Sloan, IA; daughter, LeAnn (Dana) Greeno of Creighton, NE; grandchildren, Stephanie (Thomas) Winegardner of Sloan, IA, Shannon Copple of Sloan, IA, Heather (Michael) Dudzinski of Kansas City, MO, Jason (Abigail) Greeno of Bondurant, IA, Miranda (Ryan) Bartholomaus of Spencer, IA, and Adam (Josie) Greeno of Peculiar, MO; great-grandchildren, Graceyn, Elliette, Maverick, Ethan, Evelyn, Sofia, Emilia, William, Emily, Mackenzie, Sawyer, and Silas Wayne; brother, Morey (Vera) Copple of Sloan, IA; aunt, Darlene Lueck of Sioux City, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Evelyn (Olson) Copple; and his twin brother who passed away in infancy, Willis Copple.

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April 23, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Skien Lutheran Church (Albaton, Iowa)

Funeral Service
April 24, 2019

10:30 AM
Skien Lutheran Church (Albaton, Iowa)

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