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May 18, 1922 – June 9, 2013

A memorial service for John A. Cope, a retired National Fuel Gas Co. treasurer, will be held at 11 a.m. today in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St.

Mr. Cope, of Eden, died Sunday at home. He was 91.

Born in Knox, Pa., he attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and the U.S. Army Officers Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He served in the Battle of the Bulge.

In 1985, Mr. Cope retired from National Fuel as treasurer of several of its subsidiaries after more than 35 years.

He was a member of the Hamburg Masonic Lodge and the Ismailia Shrine, with more than 60 years as a Mason in Pennsylvania. He was a member of Hamburg United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Delores Madden; four sons, Jack, Dick, Jim and Barry; a daughter, Sandy; two stepdaughters, Susan and Eileen; and a stepson, Joseph.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 41 years, I. Maxine Cope.