CALDWELL COUNTY, KY - Joseph A. Van Coppenolle was born August 8, 1933 in Detroit Michigan.
Joe was preceded in death by his father Joe and mother, Mary (Roman) Van Coppenolle and his brother Frank.
Joe is survived by his wife Jeanne, daughter Lisa Van Coppenolle of Bonita Springs, FL., daughter Lynne Sahakian and her husband Michael of Los Angeles, CA., step daughter, Donna Leigh Bryant and her husband Mike of Hernando, MS., step son, James M. Emerson and his wife Anita of Harrison, AR., Joe is survived by 7 grandchildren, Christopher, Lisa, Michael, Melanie, Melissa, Kylan and Alex.
When he was a young, Joe was an avid baseball player, He played catcher for the Briggs and Stratton team in Detroit, which was the farm team for the Cleveland Indians. A knee injury ended his baseball career.
Joe was a design engineer at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. for 33 years.
He loved traveling, shopping and playing golf. He was proud member of the "Thundering Herd" at the Benton Golf and Country Club.
Private family services will be held.
Friends may visit with the family Monday, March 19, 2012 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Collier Funeral Home in Benton, KY.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Lourdes Hospice Program, 2855 Jackson St. Paducah, KY 42003.
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