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George E. Copher, 79, of Gwinn, passed away on Thursday afternoon, September 14, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with his family at his side. George was born September 25, 1937 in Winchester, OH, to the late John and Opal (Rogers) Copher. He married the former Barbara MacDougall-Niemi on January 1, 1984 at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. George retired from the U.S. Air Force Civil Service in 1994 after 40 years of service. He was a member of Marquette Lodge #101 Free & Accepted Masons and many other branches of Free Masonry, including Ahmed Temple Shrine. He was also the past president of the State of Michigan Air Force Association. In his free time, George enjoyed golfing, snowmobiling and was an avid hunter. He is survived by his wife, Barb of Gwinn; children, Lela Renee Copher and her fiancé, Mike Hougom of Margate, FL, Wayne Alex Niemi and Penny Michelle Niemi both of Cedar Springs, MI, Todd Richard (Dana) Niemi of Amarillo, TX, Paulette (Gordon) Lynch of Virginia, and Everett Alex (Marguerite) Copher; 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; his sister, E. Girvan (Ron) Johnson of Highland Park, CO; also several nieces and nephews. The Copher family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday, September 19 from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette. A Masonic Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will take place at Mount Leigh Cemetery in Seaman, Ohio on Sunday, September 24, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229 or the D.J. Jacobetti Activity Fund, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855. George’s obituary can also be viewed at canalefuneral.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.

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