Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gerald “Jerry” Kopp, 80, of Jonesboro, passed away, Aug. 11, 2012. Mr. Kopp was a developer and builder and owned Koppar Corporation. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1972. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross while flying in Vietnam. Mr. Kopp was also an Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Letha Jones Kopp.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Lewis Kopp; children, Gregory (Karen) Kopp, Steven (Lisa) Kopp; brothers, Larry Kopp, John (Jeanie) Kopp, Richard (Veronica) Kopp, Michael Kopp; sister, Nancy Stultz; grandchildren, Steven (Samantha) Kopp, Danielle (Matt) Sargent, Brandon Kopp; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Carley, Aubrey, Kale, Truin, and his beloved cat, Cassie.
Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Gene Hill will officiate. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Honorary bearers are: Christian Schultz, Ron Jones, Mark Herbert, Allen Richardson, John Childs, David Johnson, Todd Fallaw, Peter Richard, Gene Barber, Randy Erway, Robert Friar, and Joe Hopwood. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the V.U. Foundation Fund, Kopp Family Fund, 1002 North 1st St. Vincennes, Ind. 47591 in memory of Gerald “Jerry” Kopp, Boy Scouts of America or the Salvation Army. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.