Bucky Kopf, 1938-2023

Bucky Kopf, a true giant of the community and a friend to all, passed away on Friday, Dec. 8. Mr. Kopf, 85, died at his home from natural causes. His obituary is below. He will be greatly missed. He leaves a great legacy of love and compassion.

Herman R. Kopf Obituary

H.R. “Bucky” Kopf, a remarkable man with an unwavering passion for life, has left an indelible mark on all those who had the privilege of knowing him. Born on June 8,1938, in Cleveland, Ohio, Bucky’s journey on this Earth was one filled with extraordinary achievements, profound wisdom, and incredible drive and focus. At 85 years of age he worked daily and wouldn’t have had it any other way. Every morning when he looked in the mirror he saw a battleship. He was a fighter and tackled any adversity that came his way. He was an extremely strong and compassionate man that made the world a better place.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marie(Andrews) Kopf; father Herman Kopf; grandfather Herman J. Kopf (Rippy); and sister Diane (Kopf) Rym.

Bucky graduated from Avon Lake High School in 1956. He went on to graduate from West Liberty University in Wheeling, WV in 1964. He also served in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife Joanne; children Kearsten, Brett, Jason and Ryan; cherished grandchildren Brecken, Kaya (Isaiah), Anastasia, Jordan, Jessica, Jason and Vaughn; dear sister Lynn Kopf-Ladikos and her husband Paul Ladikos; sister-in-law Nancy Maltby; Brothers-in-law Don Maltby and Robert Deeks; nieces and nephews Matt Rym, Chris Rym, Shannon (Johnny) Mittlelbrun, Marisa (Ben) Schwinn and Marla Ladikos; Thomas Buffington; and

beloved cousin Carol Skall.

Bucky’s professional accomplishments were only surpassed by his dedication to his loved ones. He was a devoted spouse, a loving parent, and a doting grandparent, brother and friend. Bucky’s family was his pride and joy, and he cherished every moment spent with them. His family took precedence over business. With all of his meetings and obligations he made sure to eat dinner every night at home while his kids were growing up and he never missed a game, concert or play. He attended just as many of his grandchildren’s events.

His unwavering support, love, and guidance will forever be treasured by those fortunate enough to have called him family.

Beyond his professional and personal achievements, Bucky was known for his boundless generosity and his unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Whether it was through his philanthropic endeavors, volunteer work, or simply lending a helping hand to those in need, Bucky touched countless lives and left a lasting legacy of compassion and empathy.

Bucky’s professional career was marked by his exceptional contributions and influential presence in his field. He dedicated himself to the home building industry, where he quickly rose to prominence through his unparalleled expertise and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Under his leadership, Kopf Builders has become one of the largest homebuilders and developers in the Greater Cleveland area.

His accomplishments are numerous and he was a true self made man. In addition to Kopf Builders he was diversified in his businesses, owning and operating Sweetbriar Golf Course, John Christ Winery, The Landings, and The Towne Center. He built commercial and residential properties in Florida, Ohio and New York. He was most proud of his philanthropic opportunities.

Kopf served as chairman of American National Bank. His community involvement includes past and current trusteeships at Baldwin Wallace University, Lorain Community College, Community Health Partners Hospital, Lakeland Health Care, Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and Avon Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees.

He was a member and strong supporter of the National Association of Home Builders and was inducted into the North Coast Home Builders Hall of Fame in 2001. Bucky was inducted into the Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He was inducted into West Liberty’s “Wall of Honor” in 2008 as a most distinguished alumni. He was most recently honored as Avon Lake “Citizen of the Year.” In September he was a recipient of the West Liberty University Founders 2023 Impact of Philanthropy Award.

He Loved his hometown of Avon Lake!!!!!! He dedicated a lifetime to make Avon Lake the best place to live for all generations. He was the driving force behind projects like the Avon Lake High school Baseball fields, Football Stadium and the donation of 68 acres for The Kopf Family Reservation Metroparks. He also donated Cherry Ridge Golf Course to the Lorain County Metroparks.

He never turned down a donation request whether it be little league, fireworks, athletics, music, schools or a medical fund. Whatever anyone in the town needed he was the first to say YES. His generosity was far reaching and most people will never realize its depths.

He was extremely proud to help. His impact will continue to be felt for years to come as his contributions serve as a guiding light for future generations.

Bucky’s zest for life was infectious. He had an insatiable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled sense of humor that could light up any room. His infectious laughter and witty remarks brought joy to all those around him, leaving a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of knowing him. He never passed up the opportunity with a captive audience to ask

“Does anyone want to buy a home?”

Sadly, on December 8, 2023, Bucky’s remarkable journey came to an end. While his loss is mourned by many his memory will forever live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched. Bucky’s legacy of love, kindness, and unwavering spirit will continue to inspire and guide us all. He was Loved and will be greatly missed.

Private Services have been held.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame by emailing alshof@yahoo.com, or to the Love-A-Stray Dog Division.

www.buschcares.com 440.933.3202

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