Charles Kopp, age 90, passed away on November 18, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois; three sons: Martin (Sandy), William (Constance), and Charles Joseph (fiancée Kathy Keib); nine grandchildren: Valerie (Jason) Wallin, Amanda Kopp (fiancé Jeff Pratt), Roxanne (Jose) Roman, William Jr. (Angelica) Kopp, Christopher, Zachary, and Sydney Kopp, Hayden and Katlin Piffer; and six great grandchildren: Alexander and Jacob Wallin, Briana and Jose Roman, Lexi and Faith Kopp. Mr. Kopp is also survived by his brother: Richard Kopp; sisters: Marlene Tortorelli and Betty Cole; brother-in-law: LeRoy (Carolyn) Cordes; sisters-in-law: Janice Felt and Janice Cordes; and numerous nieces and nephew.
Mr. Kopp was preceded in death by his parents: Louis and Martha Kopp; brothers: Henry, William, Gus and Fritz; sister: Louise Tortorelli; and parents- in-law: George and Mercedes Cordes; and brother-in-law: Gerald Cordes.
Funeral services for Mr. Kopp will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 beginning with 9:30 AM prayers at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Rd., Lansing IL, and proceeding to Our Lady of Knock Catholic Church, 501 163rd St., Calumet City, IL for a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Hammond, IN. Friends are invited to visit with Mr. Kopp’s family on Thursday, November 21 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Charles grew up on Chicago’s East Side and attended Taylor School and Bowen High School. He was active in baseball and football, and his favorite sport was fishing. A member of the Greatest Generation, Charles was one of five brothers who served in World War II (four of whom survived). He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 throughout the South Pacific, earning numerous medals and citations. He was a member of the American Legion Post 330 in Calumet City.
Charles and his wife moved to Calumet City in 1954. He was active in the Calumet City Civic League and Calumet City Babe Ruth League as a manager, coach and officer.
Charles was a heavy equipment operator for the Waylite Company for 23 years and later worked for Gateway industries for 20 years. He was also a member of the International Association of Tool and Die Makers Union.