George ‘G.C.’ Coplen
George C. “G.C.” Coplen was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Kinta to Ruby (Bryant) and C.B. Coplen, Sr. Reared and educated in Quinton, G.C. graduated high school with the Class of 1958. Upon graduation, he was drafted into the Army, and proudly served our country as a military policeman.
Following his honorable discharge, G.C. made his home in Fort Worth, Texas.
One evening, while out square dancing with friends, G.C. met a lovely young lady by the name of Cheryl Didlake. The two hit it off, went out for a pizza and the rest was history. Four years later, this couple married on Jan. 31, 1986.
G.C. was employed with the Texas Highway Department and later moved to Bixby as a salesman for Applied Industrial Technology. He retired, in 2006, after a 41-year career. While not working, G.C. could be found on a golf course. He was an avid golfer and devoted 13 years to the Christian Men’s Fellowship, golfing three times a week, every month. He was also an enthusiastic OU football fan, hardly missing any games.
G.C. passed away March 26, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 79.
Those he leaves to cherish his memory are wife, Cheryl Coplen of the home; children, Stephanie Coplen of Manhattan, Kan., Tracey Coplen and wife, Vicki, of Crowley, Texas and Mark Coplen and wife, Laurie, of Bixby; siblings, C.B. Coplen, Jr. and wife, Jan, of Kinta, E.L. Coplen and wife, Marsha, of Stigler, M.T. Coplen and wife, Rita, of Kinta, J.P. Coplen and wife, JoBeth, of Boyd, Texas and Donnie Coplen and wife, Denna, of Lubbock, Texas; grandchildren, Andrew, Joshua and Amy Coplen; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
G.C. was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, T.J. and O.W. Coplen and sister, Donna Wallace.
A private family service will be held at a later date.