Saturday, June 8, 2013

In loving memory

My amazing dad passed away very unexpectedly on Thursday. I wish I had words to describe what kind of emptiness my heart feels knowing I won't see him again on this side of Heaven. ..or hear his voice or smell his familiar dad smell when we hug. 

He and my mom have been married almost half a century...something pretty rare these days. 

He loved sailing, camping, golfing, and geocaching. He was a police officer, a fireman, a security director and a private investigator. He served on the Arizona Foster Care Review board for six years..he fought forest fires and criminals, rescued babies from burning buildings ... he was a hero. 

He is survived by my sweet mama Faith, my sister Hope, my brother Chris and his wife Lori, Sam and myself, and 20 grandchildren and one great grandson. 

We love you and miss you so much already, Papa. 

Stephen Charles Kopp 
July 31, 1940 - June 6, 2013

40 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm so very sorry. I'm sure you and your family brought him a lot of joy.

cathy said...

Oh my goodness, my heart & prayers are with you

xoxo
cathy

Amy said...

He sounds like a man one couldn't help but miss- what an intentional life. Praying for you across the miles.

The Kadel Kids said...

Im so sorry for your loss.You are in my prayers.

Kathy McElhaney said...

Patti,
I am so sorry for your loss. We lost my Dad in March, so I'm praying for you and your family as others have prayed for me.

Micah said...

I'm so sorry. My heart hurts with your's. I'll be praying that thoughts of him won't make him feel more distant but oh so close.

Katrina said...

I am so sorry Patti. Praying for your family's heart.

Gretchen said...

Dear Patti,

There are no words...I am so very sorry.

Love and prayers,
Gretchen

The Price Family said...

Praying for your family. My hubby lost his father within a week of my third child's birth. Don't know how he would have handled it without the blessing of a new life at the same time.

teal915 said...

So sorry for your loss Patti and Rice family. I'm glad you know the Lord and have hope to see him again. Hugs.

eliz said...

I'm so sorry. You are in our thoughts and prayers. (((HUGS)))

EN said...

Wow! I love that love story between your mom and dad. He sounds like an amazing man and he raised an incredible daughter! I'm sure you were the light of his life. Having lost my own father just over a year ago, I can relate to how overwhelming the emotions can be. Even after time has passed and you think you've reached peace, something little will surprise you out of the blue and remind you of him and it all comes rushing back. Wishing you God's peace and comfort during this difficult time.

EN said...

Oh Patti - your parents' love story is so heartwarming. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like an amazing man and he raised an incredible daughter. I'm sure you were the light of his life! Having lost my dad just over a year ago, I can relate to how overwhelming the emotions can be. May God's peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time.

Pam said...

Oh Patti, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.

Leah said...

sorry for your loss

Judee Albert said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for the repose of his soul and the comfort of your family.

May God bless and keep you all.

Blessings,

Judee in Iowa

Crystal Kupper said...

I'm very sorry, Patti. Sending prayers of comfort and encouragement your way.

Rachael said...

Patti, I'm so sorry. Dads are special. Love to you and the whole family.

Danielle said...

Just reading the last few words... "And one great grand son" killed me. My heart hurts for you. You gained Koa and lost your daddy all in one day. {{hugs}} so very sorry

cara said...

Messaged you, but wanted to tell you on here too how sorry we all are at this news!!!! Praying for you Patti and your whole family. Much love!

Kiara Buechler said...

I am so sorry for your loss Patti, especially since it was unexpected. He sounds like a wonderful man.

Susanna said...

Patti, this is a sobering reminder to me not to take my own dad for granted--your dad was exactly two weeks younger than mine. I am so, so sorry, sweet friend, and am still praying for your mama and the rest of you. ((((gentle hug))))

Csnee317 said...

I'm so very sorry about your Dad's passing. I will pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.

MotherT said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss! You are all in my prayers.

Paul Huizinga said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers

Renee said...

Oh sweet friend, the pain you are feeling...I know it all too well. I wish I was closer, I wish I could put my arms around you and cry with you. I'm so sorry. Love you.

Allison said...

Love you and am so so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

JT Kim said...

My condolences to you and your family. My heart is heavy for you... Your father sounds like a wonderful man. <3

Ginny said...

We are so sorry. I cannot imagine how you feel. Thinking of you and your family. Ginny and Mitchell









Maureen Huizinga said...

Patti-I'm so sorry for your loss. {{{hugs}}} and prayers.

Erica said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss and praying for you all in your grief. I am also praying that your sweet father received the warmest and most welcoming reception into Heaven.

my family said...

praying for you rice family
{{hugs}}

Keri Jo said...

So sorry to hear this. So glad it was after Hayden was born... 20 grandchildren- what a heritage :) Will be praying for you during this difficult time for your families...

Jennifer said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss.

Jaime Peña Álvarez said...

I am very sorry.... blesses and hugs for you and your family in this hard moment :(

Tammie said...

My thoughts go out to your family. So sorry for your loss.

kenda said...

I am so sorry, I lost my mom to a motorcycle accident last May in the midst of dealing with Koralyn being newborn and in the hospital. I know your pain and I am so sorry.

Maria said...

I'm so sorry, Patti. Praying for you and your family.

The Kirkland's said...

Patti, I am so very sorry for your loss.

JT Kim said...

My heart breaks for you. My dad was recently diagnosed with stage 4B pancreatic cancer - and in a few short weeks, it will eventually claim his life. Thought it has been difficult to watch my father in this state, I consider it an honor to care for him until he goes home to heaven. It brings me comfort to know that angels like your papa will be there to greet him. ((hugs))

I've included our journey on my blog: www.we4kims.blogspot.com