Forrest Gregory Coppage

Forrest Gregory Coppage, 78, of Claremore, OK, passed  away February 12, 2022. He was born in Ft. Madison, IA on Nov. 28, 1943 to Percy and Ruth Heryford Coppage. Greg married Dianna Adam on Dec. 11, 1965 at Sacred Heart Church in Ft. Madison. He is survived by his wife of 56 years and his children, Deb, Laura (Wes Rettig), Craig and 9 grandchildren.

Greg worked at First Mississippi in Ft. Madison until he relocated to Claremore, OK to work at Terra Nitrogen.

Greg’s loves in life were sports, vintage cars, American history, playing cards, hunting, camping and fishing. He looked forward to “deer camp” and hunting with his son, family and friends. He felt he belonged in the outdoors and would often look out the car window at a far off timber and say “I could just take off walking and live out there.”

Being part of a large family was central to Greg’s life. He loved his siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews and enjoyed the many get-togethers and celebrations over the years. Gathering with his family for Superbowl Weekend was an anticipated yearly tradition.

He always supported his kids and grandkids in their activities and their lives. His cowboy hat and boots were recognized immediately, with shouts of “Grandpa is here!” His twinkling blue eyes, mischievous grin and warm hug could make anyone feel better and instantly loved.

His care of his wife in the last few years is a tribute to their love and his strength. He taught his children many lessons in life, most without words, but with actions of hard work, love and always being there. He will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday July 9, 2022 at Calvary Cemetery in West Point, Iowa

A Celebration of Life Gathering with Greg’s favorite meal will follow at St. Mary’s Church in Riverside, IA.

Online condolences may be made to the family at Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.