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James Edward Copp



James Edward Copp (Jimbo) January 7, 1949 - June 17, 2023 (74) Son of Maizie and James Copp, brother to Terry, Beverly, Tracy, and Jay. Born in Richmond Indiana, but grew up in Middletown Ohio. James was a Vietnam war Veteran who served as a flight crew member in the United States Air Force. Survived by two sons James P. Copp(JP), Terrance Copp, and Wife Edna Copp. He also leaves behind his grandson Nash Copp and granddaughter Zoie Copp. James was hard working, and started at the age of nine as a paper boy, worked in a steel mill and joined the US military. He went on to have a couple careers after his service. He drove cross country as an odd job man even took part in building Gandy Bridge here in Florida, and finished as a cable technician. He was a man of the world, he spent most of his retirement traveling to different countries, and convinced his wife to retire with him in his favorite country, the Philippines. He went to Switzerland, Thailand, Italy, Mexico, and much more, however none had a football team as great as OSU’s Buckeyes. He spent his days watching football and getting the latest technology had to offer. He lived his life to the fullest, and was treasured for his friendly nature and outgoing personality. If you were a friend to James you were family. Although he had sisters, brothers, and cousins he also considered his military buddies, neighbors, work-mates and friends as his brothers and sisters too. He loved his family and he is very proud of both his sons. Though he had a hard time explaining it. We will forever remember him as a sports loving, movie watching, castle enthusiast of a man, who wanted love and had so much to give. As Pat says “how could you not love Jimbo! Everyone did!” Services will be held at Compassionate Cremations on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 1pm-3pm. If you’d like to contribute something to the family, they ask that you make a donation in James’s honor to the American Heart association. Thank you.

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Olson Butterfield
Olson Butterfield
2023年7月12日

I saw an old Rolls-Royce in a movie … reminded me of the very old diesel Rolls Jimbo had on Okinawa, leather seats, wood dash, spacious, the works. And the drivers side was on the right 😆‼️ I Don't think I ever rode in a Rolls ever again. Somewhere there is a picture of Jim with that car …

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Paul Tullier
Paul Tullier
2023年6月28日

Jimbo and I served together in the USAF. He was a great guy that everyone loved. A great friend to everyone. I still think of him and our times together even though we haven’t seen each other in 50 years. The previous comments perfectly capture Jimbo. How could you not like him? He will always be with us, part of our Band of Brothers. Fly high Jimbo

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Olson Butterfield
Olson Butterfield
2023年6月28日

On our way home ... Note the two stripes, he had three, out of uniform — just one more subtle finger saying goodbye USAF.

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Olson Butterfield
Olson Butterfield
2023年6月27日

Jim and I left Thailand together on the same freedom bird. Jim stayed over one night at my parent’s house in Walnut Creek, CA, not all that far from our discharge place, Travis AFB.


So many adventures in Thailand and Okinawa, our primary assignments, as well as “temporary duty assignments” or TDYs to Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam.


Our USAF job was as North Vietnamese linguists with Top Secret /SCI security clearances. Our intercepts and activities were fed to the National Security Agency at Fort Mead, and sometimes to the CIA when they had special requests. The flights mentioned in Jim’s obit were as part of combat crews that flew over Laos, the Gulf of Tonkin, and occasionally over Cambodia.…

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Olson Butterfield
Olson Butterfield
2023年6月28日
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Jim and I left Thailand together on the same freedom bird. Jim stayed over one night at my parent’s house in Walnut Creek, CA, not all that far from our discharge place, Travis AFB. An amusing side note, Jim lost his dog tags there, probably when I played “Freedom” by Richie Havens and Jimmi Hendrix’s version of the ”Star Spangled Banner” as loud as my parents could stand . I returned the tags much later to our mutual chuckles many years later at one of our reconnecting events in Florida.


So many adventures in Thailand and Okinawa, our primary assignments, as well as “temporary duty assignments” or TDYs to Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam.


Our USAF job was…

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patrick cullen
patrick cullen
2023年6月26日

Jimbo and I were Air Force roommates, beer-drinking buddies and great friends for over 50 years--with lapses in between ... because that's Jimbo! What a wonderful guy--always fun, never dull ... and he had a heart of gold. I thought he would live forever-- and he always will in my heart. RIP, my friend, until we meet again ....


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