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James R. Copley

January 13, 1934 November 11, 2017
James R. Copley
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James R. Copley passed November 11, 2017 at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria Ohio.  He was born to C. Elizabeth “Betty” Gillespie and Robert L. Copley on January 13, 1934 in Helena, Ohio. Jim was married to Jean C. Hall on July 26, 1954 and she survive him.


Jim went to school at Helena Grade School and Gibsonburg High School, graduating in 1951. After working at Libby Owens Ford in Toledo as a millwright, he served a Machine Repair Apprenticeship by Ford Motor Company in Fostoria from 1962 to 1966. Jim retired after thirty years at the Autolite Spark Plug Plant in Fostoria. During his time at Autolite he also served as President of UAW Local 533. After retirement, he was Executive Director of the West Central Area Labor Management Council which covered a six county area.


Jim was mechanically inclined, a leader, an organizer and he never met a stranger. Jim ran for State Representative in 1978 and was politically active all his life. He volunteered many years for a number of community and church organizations. Some of them include the Wood County Board of Health (1978-1992); Board of Trustees of the Wood Country Public Library (1977-1991); served on committees and the Board of Directors for the Spark Plug Federal Credit Union (1965-1991), served on the Board of Trustees of the Fostoria Community Hospital (1972-1981); served on the Board and on a Committee of Fostoria United Way, and served Marriage Encounter in a number of roles for many years. In recent years, he organized reunions and gatherings of people from Helena and Rollersville and was very active with FACT, Financial Aid for Cancer Treatment.


He is survived by his wife, Jean C. Hall, daughters Tighe (Kurt) Yovanoff of Fort Collins CO and Dianne (Todd Arbogast) Copley of White River Junction VT; grandchildren Jennifer (Gilbert) Yeh of New York City NY, Brenna (David) Graham of Denver CO, Madalyn Yovanoff of Philadelphia PA, Rachel (James Laplante) Arbogast of Springfield VT and Andrew Dunn of New York City NY; and great grandchild Tirion Yeh; brother and sister-In law Bill and Patricia Copley and brother Roy.


He was preceded in death by his daughter Pamela Dunn, his sister Maxine (Art) Shoemaker, his brother Fred Copley, and his parents.


Visitation will be held from 2-4 & 5-7pm Thursday, November 16, 2017 at MANN-HARE-HOENING Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St. Fostoria. Funeral Services will begin in the funeral home on Friday at 10:30 am, Pastor Ron Merritt, officiating.  Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park, Perrysburg, Ohio.


Memorial donations may be considered to FACT, Financial Aid for Cancer Treatment, a charity that was dear to him.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting

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