Charles "Fred" Koppy, 76, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born Aug. 4, 1943, in Elkhart, to Frank and Edna "Toots" (Rutledge) Koppy.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan; one daughter, Sarah (Sanjay) Shukla of Carmel; daughter-in-law, Kate Moore Koppy of Arlington, Virginia; three grandchildren, Anna, Sofia, Ravi; and two sisters, Kay (Vance) Southall and Carol (Art) Anti.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Adam Koppy.
Fred attended St. Thomas School until eighth grade and then went to Marmion Military Academy.
He served in the Air Force Security Air Command, worked as a chemical analyst for Miles (Bayer) Laboratories and was a lifelong scouter and volunteer in Boy Scouts of America in both northern Indiana and Anthony Wayne Area Councils.
Fred had an extraordinary talent of carpentry and, in his spare time, enjoyed reading, camping, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.
He found friends wherever he went and will be remembered as a teacher, a visionary and a selfless individual.
Elkhart Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Ohio State University Hairy Cell Leukemia Research Fund: Attention Dr. Grever, B 320 Starling Loving Hall, 320 West 10th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210 or Camp Chief Little Turtle, Attention Nicole McBride, Anthony Wayne Area Council, 8310 West Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804.
Per his wishes, there will be no memorial service. Instead he wanted you to honor him by grabbing a strong cup of coffee, sitting by a campfire or reading a good book while thinking of memories you shared with him.
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charles walker
Sep 10, 2019
On behalf of the Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, i wanted to express our deepest condolences to Fred's family, to thank you for the countless hours he spent away from you with his Scouting family bettering the lives of youth, in service to Camp Chief Little Turtle, and service to his community. He will be deeply missed, and gratitude for his service to Scouting cannot be expressed in simple words. Thank you Mr. Koppy, thank you for everything!
Tommy Milham
Sep 10, 2019
Always enjoyed talking about nothing with him. However it always was about something and he could help anyone learn about the topic at hand. We will miss him.
Tony Kuehner
Sep 09, 2019
He will be deeply missed in scouting.
He really enjoyed cooking at camp. I really enjoyed eating his cooking!