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JOHN LEROY COPPERNOLL, 97 STOCKTON - John Leroy Coppernoll, 97, of Stockton, Illinois, passed from this world on Saturday, January 10, 2015, to be with the Lord. John was born to parents, Cora (Belk) and Walter Coppernoll, on September 10, 1917. He lived on a farm north of Morseville his entire life, where he farmed and repaired all kinds of equipment in his shop. He repaired equipment that other mechanics could not fix, from chainsaws and lawnmowers to tractors and airplanes. After high school, his interest in aviation led him to earn a pilot license, Commercial license, pilot instructor license, and A & P mechanic license. After World War II, he taught many local persons, including his brother, Burrill, to fly. John and Burrill established the Stockton Airport on their father's farm in 1947. John married Mildred Toepfer on June 17, 1942, and had two children. Mildred passed away October 20, 1972. He married Evelyn Ewing on April 19, 1985. Surviving are wife, Evelyn; brother, Burrill Coppernoll; daughter, Penny (Rodney) Blach; son, Larry (Diana) Coppernoll; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was a longtime member of Pleasant Valley Church, and a memorial service will be held there in July to celebrate his life. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton, IL. There will be a visitation before the service beginning at 10 am. Interment will take place at Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton. Please make all donations and memorials to Pleasant Valley Church of God. Condolences may be shared with his family at hermannfuneralhome.com.