George F. Cope

EAST PALESTINE — George F. Cope, 89, a lifelong resident of East Palestine, passed away unexpectedly Thursday at his home.

George was born Sept. 3, 1930 in Negley, a son of the late Frank and Grace Kennedy Cope.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. He was stationed at the White Sands Proving Ground where he was a launch tech for missiles and test fired large engines. After his service in the military, he was employed as a machinist 1st class with Kenmar for 23 years. He also worked for National Rubber for a year, L.W. Nash for a year, Crucible Steel for 11 years prior to its closing and Crossley for two years before retiring in 1995. He was a Methodist by faith.

George is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Nulf Cope, whom he married Sept. 5, 1952, a son, David (Kimberly) Cope of Freemont, OH; a daughter, Laurie (Donald) Fannin of Portsmouth, OH; a sister, Delores Harn of North Lima; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at the Linsley-Royal Funeral home in East Palestine. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment services including military honors from the combined units of the American Legion Post 31 and the VFW 4579 will be held at Glenview Cemetery. www.linsley-royal.com