CENTENNIAL HEIGHTS - Robert "Bob" Coppo, 69, a resident of Centennial Heights, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
He was born March 14, 1943 in Laurium, a son of the late Edward and Effie (Mars) Coppo.
Bob graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1961 and was a veteran, having served in the US Navy.
On February 2, 1973, he was married to Helen Theresa Grandchamp. She preceded him in death February 28, 2011.
Bob was employed at Northern Hardwoods, which he jokingly referred to as "Northern Heartaches", for 28 years as a cut-off saw operator. He retired in 2002.
Bob's favorite place to be in the summer was swimming at "Breakies" in McLain State Park. He loved spending time with his family: Sunday dinners, birthdays and holidays were his best times. He enjoyed hunting, walking and listening to old-time country music.
Bob was famous for giving his friends and family nicknames; he rarely called people by their given names. He had a soft heart and a generous nature. He was a loving and devoted caregiver to his wife in her last years and befriended many of the patients and staff at Portage Health's Dialysis Center.
Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be deeply mourned by many, loved and missed, never forgotten.
As a kid, Bob was a member of the "Red Jacket Shaft Gang" and remained close to the matriarch of Red Jacket Shaft, Marion Talvensaari.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Theresa; sister, Mary Rohrer, brothers, Patrick and James; step-daughter, Therese Bowen.
Surviving are his daughter, Gail (Doug) Ploe of Houghton; grandchildren, Trevor (Tina) Ploe of Harrison Township, Justin Ploe and Erin Ploe of Houghton; great-grandson, Connor Ploe; sister, Sandra (John) Massoglia of Houghton; two step-sons, Garwin (Glenda) Pellosmaa of Troy, Mich. and Keith (Cindy) Pellosmaa of Berkley, Mich.; step-grandchildren, Kenneth (Michelle) Jones, Davin (Trish) Jones, Grant Pellosmaa, Megan (Mike) Goodemoot, Ashley Pellosmaa, Hollie Pellosmaa and Andy Pellosmaa; nieces and nephews, Janet Pennington, Michael Costelic, James Rohrer, Susan Jukuri, Patti Massoglia, Mary Kay Massoglia, Tony, Patrick and Carrie Coppo.
Friends may call in the Erickson Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 26. The funeral service will be held at 7:00 with Deacon Art Stancher to officiate. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left for the family at ericksoncrowley.com.