PHILO – Raymond R. Cope, 89, of Philo died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday (June 26, 2011) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana, with burial in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo. Rev. Michael Smith will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites accorded by Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199 at 8 p.m.
Mr. Cope was born on April 11, 1922, in Westville, the son of Boyd and Bessie (Cowell) Cope. He married Martha Josephine Van Brunt and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2000. He was also preceded in death by a sister, two brothers, a cousin, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He is survived by sons, James Russell Cope (Thresa) of Urbana and Roger Dale Cope of Champaign; daughters, Carol Beth Cope of Champaign, Evelyn Marie Bowman (Mark) of Ballwin, Mo., and Sandra Lee Cope of South Roxana; brothers, Wayne Cope (Dorothy) of Sidney and Dale Cope (Irene) of Littleton, Colo.; a cousin, Ida May Lodas of Westville; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mr. Cope graduated from Homer High School and was a farmer. In addition to farming he worked for awhile at the Government Bin Sites and was a Building Service Worker at the University of Illinois.
He was a 56-year member of Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199, showed cattle and enjoyed riding on the railroad cattle cars, loved animals and was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Memorials may be made to the Homer Masonic Lodge or to the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.