Robert Thomas “Bob” Copling of Leasburg, Missouri was born Sunday, August 9, 1925 at Tison, Missouri to Arthur and Merle (nee Mise) Copling and passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the age of 94 years.
Bob proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, during WWII from October 15, 1943 until December 24, 1945.
He married Christena Ellen Reiner on Sunday, August 15, 1948 at Leasburg, Missouri.
Bob worked in construction most of his life. He worked at Mid-State Lumber for nearly 25 years. There wasn’t any carpentry work that Bob couldn’t do. He was an electrician, plumber, roofer, painter and carpenter.
In his younger years he enjoyed coon hunting, pitching for the local softball team and working.
He was a devout member, deacon and song leader of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for over 50 years. For the last three years, Bob had been attending Calvary Assembly of God Church in Cuba, Missouri.
For the last few years, Bob has been going to the Cuba Senior Center. You could find him sitting on the front porch, with his hound Hobo, this past year. Bob loved to sing old hymns and when he felt good, he was a jokester.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Merle Copling; wife, Christena Ellen Copling; grandson, Jimmy Umfress; great grandson, Chad Umfress; five sisters, Georgia and husband Frank Leibensperger, Hester and husband Henry Land, Helen and husband James Reiner, Geneva and husband Orville Richardson and Ethel Adams; two brothers, Herbert and wife Rosie Copling and Arthur and wife Margaret Copling; brothers-in-law, Walter Reiner, Robert Reiner and Gene Niedbalksi; and sister-in-law, Loretta White.
He is survived by his children, Nancy and husband James Umfress of Cuba, Missouri and Robert and wife Mary Copling of Leasburg, Missouri; four grandchildren, Amy and husband Robert Kelly of Leasburg, Missouri, David and wife Angela Copling of Leasburg, Missouri, Travis Umfress and Robert Umfress; great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Joe White of St. James, Missouri, formerly of Leasburg, Missouri; sister-in-law, Barbara Niedbalski of Cuba, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Terry Hogan officiating. Special recorded music was “Faces,” “Marine Corp Hymn” and solo by Amy Kelly who sang “Master of the Wind.”
Interment, prayers and full military honors followed at the Lick Creek Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Keith Neece officiating.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.