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John "Jack" Ropple

June 30, 1940 — May 18, 2023

John Timothy "Jack" Ropple, age 82 of Copperas Cove, passed away on the evening of May 18, 2023, surrounded by his family and friends. Memorial services for Jack will be at 3:00 pm, Friday, June 30, 2023, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, where he will receive full Military Honors for his service in the United States Army.

In memory of "Jack Ropple" pancake/scramble eggs/sausage and lightly cooked hash-brown breakfast buffet will be served between 10:00-12:00, at Lil Tex Restaurant in Copperas Cove. A "Jack Ropple" Karaoke evening from 5:00 - 9:00 will be held at the City VFW in Copperas Cove singing all his favorites. All who knew Jack are welcome to attend these functions.

Jack was born on June 30, 1940, in Boston, Massachusetts to the late William Ropple and Mary Daly Ropple. He grew up in Charlestown in the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument. Jack joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and was assigned to serve in Taukkunen Barracks, in the town of Worms am Rhein Germany. He met Katharina "Rina" Fuchs, they married, their first and second daughters, Karin and Pedra were born in Heidelberg and later their son Tim was born in Shirley, Ft. Devens Mass. He spent a year in Korea and two tours in Viet Nam. After serving 21 years in the U.S. Army Jack opened the Mane Event Hair salon in Copperas Cove, then worked for the Youth Services on then Ft. Hood (Ft. Cavasos), and that took him back to Germany. After retirement from civil service, he worked as a Crossing Guard for Copperas Cove Independent School District, crossing many kids at many corners throughout Copperas Cove. He enjoyed working with the kids and making new friends. His favorite hobby was singing Karaoke and he traveled around locally to various venues but usually ended up at the City VFW or Country VFW. He sang mostly the oldies but a few new C&W favorites.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ulrich "Uli" Fasold; brother, Joe and sister-in-law, Peggy of Woburn MA; sister, Elaine, and brother-in-law, Paul of Somerville, MA.

Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Katharina "Rina" Ropple; daughter, Katharina "Karin" Ropple; daughter, Pedra Ropple-Fasold; son, Timothy "Tim" Ropple and wife, Michelle Ropple; 7 grandkids; and 7 great grandkids.

In loving memory of Jack… we hope you will join us for the morning breakfast or the evening karaoke.

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Friday, June 30, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery (Killeen, Copperas Cove)

600 S. Oklahoma Ave, Weslaco, TX 78596

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