Jerome “Jerry” Kopiak, 69, of Warren, entered peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 9:35 a.m. in his home surrounded by his loving family under the comforting care of hospice.
He was born Tuesday, March 28, 1950 in Kingston, Pennsylvania the son of the late Andrew and Helen Stochla Kopiak.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Jerry served his country honorably and faithfully during the Vietnam War. For his service to his country he was awarded the Vietnam Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Meal with 1 Star, and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal and was honorably discharged on March 24, 1970.
Jerry was a talented truck driver working for Ohio Fast Freight, Kmart Distribution Center and retired from Schneider Trucking after 30 total years as a truck driver.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1090, where he was currently serving as chaplain; lifetime member of DAV Trumbull County #11 and the Knights of Columbus Council #4484.
Jerry was a proud Marine and was a wonderful Papa and best friend to his three grandbabies, spending time with them and supporting them in all that they did.
He is survived by his wife the former Mary J. Cenname whom he married on August 7, 1976; two daughters Vanessa Phalen of Trenton, NJ and Violet (Matthew Davis) Kopiak of Warren; a brother Andrew (Marie) Kopiak Sr. of Richmond, VA and three grandchildren Gianna, Matteo and Megan.
Besides his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by a daughter Valerie (Baby Smurf) Kopiak and brothers Norman and Tommy Kopiak.
Calling hours will take place on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 420 North Street NW, Warren, Ohio 44483, where the VFW Post 1090 will stand guard until 11:00 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial with Fr. Frantisek Katrinak, officiating will be offered at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the church.
Burial will follow in Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna with Full Military Honors rendered by the great men of the American Legion Post 540 Trumbull County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to Disabled American Veterans Trumbull County Chapter 11, 2044 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, Ohio 44484 or to the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1090, 611 High St. NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, NE, Warren, Ohio 44483, 330-394-6200. Dedicated to Serving Your Loved Ones. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to www.statonborowskifuneralhome.com.
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DAV Trumbull County Chapter 11
2044 Youngstown Road SE, Warren OH 44484
VFW Post 1090
611 High St NE, Warren OH 44483