David Samuel ROPELLE

December 15, 1922 ~ July 26, 2007

Mr. David S. Ropelle passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Parkland Health Center, in Farmington, at the age of 84 years, 7 months & 11 days. David was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Norway, Mich., & was the son of Andrew H. & Theresa 'Rosatti' Ropelle. Also preceding were: his 1st wife, Katherine (Bazan) Ropelle (1980); 2 Sisters: Eleanor VanAark & Beatrice Willihnganz.

David was: * a US ARMY/Air Force World War II Veteran; * a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Farmington; * member, Farmington ELKS Lodge #1765 BPOE; * he finished his career as a foreman with Hanna Mining Co., Pilot Knob & retired after a 30-year career in 1980. * he'd previously worked for Ford Motor Co. in Iron Mountain, Mich. * he formerly served on the Farmington Library Board; * he visited all the continents & enjoyed Alaskan & Canadian fishing trips & spending time in his garden & with his family.

Survivors Include : his wife, Doris A. "Dee" Ropelle, of Farmington; 2 Daughters: Peggy Ropelle, of Farmington & Mary Beth 'Mrs. Dr. Nace' Magner, Bowling Green, KY; Sister, Lorraine Saigh, Iron River, MI., Brother: Kenneth Ropelle, of Norway, MI; Twin Grandsons: Eamonn & John Magner, of Bowling Green, KY. Long-time Carter St., friends & favorite McDonald's Coffee Buddies,(Charlie & Burr) & The Trepassos.

Visitation: Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Funeral : Saturday, 11:00 a.m., July 28, 2007,

at : TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Deacon Bill Greif officiating.

Interment : (private) at New Calvary Cemetery, Farmington.

Memorials : * The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.

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  1. Peggy and family: I am so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I remember seeing him at Plank Road Inn on Sundays having coffee.

  2. Mary and Peggy truly heart felt condolences to you both. Your Dad was a good man and enjoyed his company even after I left MO when our paths crossed in later years. Great Picture of your Dad! A little poem for you: I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."

  3. We were so sorry to hear of David's passing. We thought a lot of him and send our sympathy to his family.

  4. Doris, My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. wish I could be there. Penny (from Dr. DuMontier's office)

  5. We have known Dave and his family for many years, and our sympathy goes out to his wife Dee, and daughters Peggy and Mary Beth.

  6. Peggy, Mary and family, A special place will always linger in my heart for your Dad as he reminded me of mine. So sad to lose him. You are in my prayers.

  7. We were saddened at the news of the passing of Dave Ropelle. Our paths crossed twice when we worked for The Hanna Mining Company. I remember Dave as a person serious in his work, diligent in working with people and achieving results, and a person that could be relied upon. May his soul rest in peace.

  8. Peggy and family, I was so sorry to read of your Dads' Passing. Having lost both parents myself, I hope you too can find all of their fond memories a true blessing and also give you laughter when you need it most. My thoughts are with you.

  9. Dear Peggie and Family. Our sincerest sympathy to all of you. Dave was a good man and one of very few who had traveled the world more than I have. Having lost my mother in March, I know how much it hurts. You will be in our prayers and thoughts.

  10. Peggy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I never met your father, but he has a kind and handsome face. Please let me know if I can be any help to you or the family. In my prayers, Lee (your tennis buddy)

  11. Peggy, Mary & Dee, please know you are on our hearts & in our prayers. Dave was a very special person and will be missed by all, especially my dad (Chester Burr). The "McDonald Coffee Gang" won't be the same. Our deepest sympathy to each of you, Jack & Myrna Albright

  12. Peggy, Mary and Dee and family. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. David was a very nice man and he will be remembered by all who knew him. My best wishes and deppest sympathies to you all.

  13. Peggy and Family, Please accept my sympathy and condolences on your loss. From the obituary, your dad led a full, happy life, with many loving friends and family. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  14. Peggy & Mary, I first met your dad when we took a stained glass class at MAC. He was a lot of fun, and I was so surprised when he got so serious about stained glass art. Until I read the obituary, I was unaware of his involvements and accomplishments. My dad, too, was in the Army Air Corps. And as I did when my dad died in 1999, I am sure you will truly miss yours and experience a lot of little heart tugs when you those memories pop up. He was a great guy. God bless you and give you peace.

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