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William Eugene Cope, 90, of Zanesville died 12:05am, Friday March 21, 2014 at the Helen Purcell Home.
He was born October 24, 1923 in Zanesville, Ohio to William Taggart Cope and Margaret Louise (Offinger) Cope.
He attended Lash High School and Glenford High School where he graduated in 1940. He attended Ohio State University where he was a member of both the Baseball and Basketball teams. He served as Captain of the OSU Big 10 Baseball Champions in 1943.
He served his country in World War II in the Navy Air Corps obtaining the rank of Ensign as a Navy Carrier Pilot. Following his military career he spent seven years in professional baseball with the New York Yankee minor league system as both a player and a manager. He also was a member of the Zanesville Pioneer Professional basketball team.
In 1988, he was inducted into the Muskingum Valley Baseball Association Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the ZDGA Hall of Fame in 2005.
Bill was retired from the Buckeye Union and Continental Insurance Companies. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church.
In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wife, Lou Ella Margaret (Sheider) Cope and his sister, Virginia Cope.
He is survived by his daughters Pamela (Eric) Schmieder of Zanesville, Vicki (George) Mezinko of Toledo, Ohio and son, William Scott Cope of Zanesville, 3 grandsons Dr. Matthew (Leslie) Schmieder of Salt Lake City, Utah, John Schmieder, Zanesville, and Sam (Abbey) Mezinko, Toledo,Ohio. He has one great-grandson, Everett Schmieder.
There will be no visiting hours. Private family service. Any donations or contributions in Bill’s name may be given to Genesis Hospice of Zanesville, the Oldtimers Baseball Association, or Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The Bryan & Snider Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with William’s family please visit www.BryanSniderFuneralHome.com
“May you always have blue skies Dad.”