Robert C. “Bob” Coppersmith

April 11, 1940 ‒ October 08, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Bob Coppersmith was a dedicated husband, father, educator, and public servant.  His time and energy were spent in investing for the betterment of his family, students, and his community.  No longer bound by his tired, earthly body, Robert C. “Bob” Coppersmith, 79, of Bellville, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

The son of Carl W. and Ardella (Fogelboch) Coppersmith, Bob was born April 11, 1940 in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from McDowell High School.  Bob graduated from Heidelberg University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History and German.  It was at Heidelberg that Bob first met Judith Ann Werner.  The two began dating and were married December 22, 1962.

He continued his education and graduated from the Ohio State University earning a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.  His commitment to the field of education spanned over three decades.  Serving as a teacher and vice-principal for Simpson, Appleseed, Malabar, and Mansfield Senior High Schools, Bob retired from Mansfield City Schools in 1996.

Bob was committed to Bellville, the small close-knit village in which he lived.  He served as past president of the Bellville Lion’s Club, trustee of the Bellville Board of Public Affairs, and volunteered for the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center (BNOC).  Bob also served as a former elder for the Bellville Presbyterian Church.  He was a member of Bellville St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He took great pride in the well-kept appearance of his property.  Bob enjoyed gardening and keeping his house, yard and flowerbeds in pristine condition throughout the year.  Bob was also a talented and detailed carpenter, able to complete a variety of home renovation projects.

Those who knew Bob are most familiar with the phrase, “Let me tell you a story”.  A gifted storyteller, to Bob the details mattered, and those details were always expressed in his many stories.

A devoted family man, Bob will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandpa. He absolutely treasured family vacations many of which were centered around skiing.  More recently, Bob and Judy continued traveling, making memories and enjoying life together.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Judy Coppersmith of Bellville; sons John Coppersmith of Bellville and James and his wife Dalisia Coppersmith of Ridgecrest, California; grandchildren Jack and James “J.C.” Coppersmith; sister and brother-in-law Karen and Rev. Dr. Calvin Mutti of Brewster, Massachusetts.

His family will receive friends on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10 am – 12 pm in the fellowship hall at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 48 Church Street, Bellville, where memorial services will begin at 12 pm in the sanctuary. Rev. Dan Cammarn will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the BNOC (Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center) or Heidelberg University may be made through the funeral home.

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  • My deepest sympathies in the loss or your dad. Praying for comfort for your mom, brother and family.

  • Just wanted give our sympathy to your family we are so sorry for you loss .

  • Judy prayers are lifted for you and your family. Bob was an amazing man and I’m happy I had the opportunity to know him as a brother in Christ.

  • So sorry for your loss Judy. He was a great man and I will miss his stories and picture taking at church.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was one of my favorites when I worked at Hursh. I miss hearing his stories. He was a very wise man! I’m glad I had the opportunity to know and talk with him.

  • Judy, Sue and I were sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I enjoyed his company many times at breakfast and his stories. Our prayers are with you and your family, Steve & Sue Beal.

  • My condolences. I love this family with my whole heart. I’m so sorry for your loss. Eternally grateful for everything Bob and Judy both have done for me over the years. He will surely be missed. Truly an amazing man, always looking to help others.

  • Judy and Family:
    Bob was one of the first people we met when we moved to Bellville and volunteered for the BNOC. His positive, kind attitude made him such a pleasure to know, and to work with. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Mr. Coppersmith was a great teacher who had a profound influence on many students at Appleseed and Senior High where I learned from him. Auf Wiedersehen, mein Freund.

  • Judy and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. May Peace and Love envelop you during these difficult days! God Bless you.

  • Condolences to the family. As a first year teacher at Malabar 32 years ago, Bob was a wonderful role model. I will always think of him with respect and fondness.

  • Dear Judy,
    I am so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Judy, I was so sorry to hear about Bob. May God give you c0mfort at this most difficult time! Cherish your memories!
    Bonnie Palmer

  • It is with extreme regret Judy, that I read of Bob’s passing. I know the love he held for you and your sons, and am sure for his grandkids.
    He was a father figure for many students who attended Johnny Appleseed and Malabar over the years. Know how much he advocated for their success and good fortune.
    May his smile and gentle ways be always available to you, as you visit memories of special times shared with Bob.

  • Judy,

    I’m sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I had to chuckle when I read the phrase “Let me tell you a story”as Anne and I heard it many mornings at the V&M. He would often slide in the booth and tell his story. He was kind and a true gentleman. Rest In Peace Bob.

    Jeff Ellington

  • We extend to the entire family our deepest sympathy. May you cherish the precious memories you have made. May God grant you comfort and peace at this time.

    Randy and Joan Hubler

  • Surprised and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Sincere condolences to Judy, John, and Jim.

  • Judy…
    Sending you hugs, prayers and love. The love you and Bob shared was evident. May wonderful memories warm your heart.

    Jean, Larry Von Blon and family

  • Judy,
    Kathy and I were so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. You and your family will be in our prayers.

    Bret & Kathy Gandee

  • Mr. Coppersmith was a such a kind man and a wonderful principal! My deepest sympathy to his precious family!!

  • I will have fond memories of talking to Bob in our little end of the road. Know that you are in Ana and my prayers

  • Bob was a kind-hearted man, and his passing will be felt by so many people in the community. It is clear that he is beloved by everyone. Our prayers go out to Judy and family during this difficult time.

  • Judy,

    I extend to you and your family my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May Bob and his loved ones now find peace.

  • So very sorry.
    If you ever need someone to listen, l’m here.
    Our prayers are with all of you.