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Service visitation Monday, July 11 for Donald L. Cope

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Donald L. Cope, age 79, of Porter, IN passed away at Franciscan hospital in Chesterton on July 3, 2016.

He was born in Cadiz, Ohio on July 8, 1936 to L. Drennan and Anna W. (Campbell) Cope.

When he was born, they broke the mold. He always looked at the bright side of life and enjoyed talking to everyone he met. In his earlier days, he was a roller skater and gave many lessons and especially enjoyed teaching the ladies the basics. After graduation, he joined the Army and was an excellent marksman and a parachutist. He also had a tow truck/wrecking service that kept him very busy. For about four years Don was on the Porter town board. He always said he had to quit that position for health reasons, “the people got sick of me”, which was a good example of Don’s sense of humor. Don was also a mason with the Calumet Lodge # 379. Later he started a drive-away company where he would pick up vehicles direct from the factory and deliver to the end buyer all over the U.S. and Canada. He enjoyed meeting people along the way and always had a new joke to tell. When he was at home, he was always working on a project out in his garage or completing tasks on his “honey-do” list. He also liked to work on puzzles in the winter. He would sometimes hide the last piece so he could say he finished it first.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and six siblings. One brother, Larry Cope, who lives in Washington, survives him. Life-partner, Pam Heuton, has been sharing his life with him in Porter for many years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, 46304, on Monday, July 11, from 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., with funeral service at 7:30 p.m.

Don was very proud to be a U.S. Veteran. In lieu of flowers, he would like donations to be given to Veterans Court of Indiana, PACT office, Attn: Veterans Court of Indiana, 1356 West Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN, 46385.

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Posted 7/7/2016





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