March 08, 1931 ‒ May 05, 2010
A man of the deepest faith, Wayne Copley, walked with confidence through the valley into the presence of the Lord on Wednesday evening, May 5, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness.
On March 8, 1931, Wayne was born in Stone Coal, West Virginia, one of thirteen children of the late Frank and Dora (Robison) Copley.
At the age of 16, Wayne moved to Ohio in search of opportunity and work. Along his path he met Mary Evelyn Litteral, whom he married in 1952, and lovingly had four children together. They shared thirty one years of marriage until she preceded him in death in 1983.
“A mechanical genius,” Wayne excelled at whatever trade he put his mind to. For many years, Wayne worked for Celanese Plastics in Hilliard as a millwright, where he invented the first beltless conveyor and he invented the process to make an endless amount of pipe continuously.
After retiring from Celanese Plastics, Wayne was self employed as an electrician and handy man, and had done contract work with Morrow County Electric. Much of the work he did though, he never asked for compensation, rather he generously helped anyone in need.
For other work he had done, Wayne was a past president of the United Rubber Workers Association for over fifteen years.
A “man of quiet strength”, Wayne was a pillar of his church, the Marengo Christian Church. For the church, he was instrumental in helping to construct two of their churches using his skill as a builder.
Getting a second chance at love, Wayne was introduced by mutual girlfriends with Barbara (Whitt) Loless, whom he married on March 6, 1986. Together they picked five bare acres of land, which became their home and filled with flowers and trees that Wayne had planted for Barbara. Also, they shared in their love for the Lord and their church.
“A superior bowler,” Wayne was the anchor feared by most teams on any bowling league he played on. He was well known at Morrow Lanes not only for his bowling, but also for his very deep and distinguishable laughter because “when he laughed he roared.” Bowling was a family tradition for the Copley, as he shared his love for bowling with his entire family.
An avid outdoorsman, Wayne “loved to hunt and fish with his sons and grandchildren”… “wherever”.
Wayne will be dearly missed by his wife, Barbara Loless Copley of Cardington; two children: Jim (Grace) Copley of Mansfield, and Jeff (Sharon) Copley of Marengo; two step children: Jack Loless of Westerville, and Jill (Mark) Rogers of Worthington; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren: a brother, Andy (Nora) Copley; seven sisters: Ruth Parsley, Jean Brewer, Goldie Varney, Erlene Hodge, Shirley McCann, Thelma Fields, and Estelle Varney; and countless nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Wayne was preceded in death by two sons: Dan and Bob Copley; and four brothers.
The Copley family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the Marengo Christian Church, 3904 State Route 229, Marengo, where services celebrating his life and giving glory to God will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Preacher Brad White and his son Preacher Jeff Copley will officiate. Burial will follow in Marengo Cemetery.
Wayne’s request, was that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Marengo Christian Church.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Wayne Copley.
For those wishing to express their condolences online to Wayne’s family, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.