James L. ‘Jim’ Coppock

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. — James L. “Jim” Coppock, 76, of Iron Mountain, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., following complications of a heart attack.

James was born Oct. 2, 1940, in Escanaba, Mich., the son of Eugene and Lula (McMillie) Coppock. He was raised in Gladstone where he was a 1960 graduate of Gladstone High School. While at Gladstone High School he lettered in football where he played offense and defense. Following graduation, Jim continued his education Michigan Tech University. He served his country in the U.S Army for three years, stationed in Japan for two of those years. Jim worked for IBM Corporation for 30 years and following his retirement he went back to work for Pentax Corporation for five years.

Jim was united in marriage to the former Pamela Webber on June 18, 1966, in Trenary. They resided in Milwaukee, Wis., and Litchfield, Minn., before retiring to Iron Mountain. Jim and Pam enjoyed their retirement years wintering in Surprise, Ariz. Jim’s hobbies included woodcarving, where he specialized in carving Santas and ducks. He also enjoyed playing Cribbage and card games.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, Pamela, survivors include: sons, Brian (Denise) Coppock of Green Bay, Wis., and Gregory (Mary) Coppock of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Tanner and Samantha Coppock; brothers, Richard (Kathleen) Coppock of Florence, Wis., Gerald (Donna) Coppock of Escanaba, Mich., and Bruce Coppock of Woodstock, Ill.; sister, Cheryl (James) Halmeoja of Rapid River, Mich.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

In addition to his parents, his brothers, David and Tom Coppock, preceded Jim in death.

Jim’s family will receive friends on Thursday, May 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post 301 will follow at 3 p.m. EST. Sharing by family will follow the military rites. He will be laid to rest at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells, Mich. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association in memory of Jim. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Coppock family.