Joseph “Joe” Kopec, Jr.
Joseph “Joe” Kopec, Jr., age 76, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
Born in Wilmington, DE in 1945, Joe graduated from Gunning Bedford High School where he was an outstanding athlete who excelled in basketball and football, winning numerous awards.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy where he proudly served on the USS Ranger CVA-61 during the Vietnam War. From 1968 – 1969, he served at the U. S. Naval Combat and Logistics Base at Cat Lo, South Vietnam.
Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, he married the love of his life, June and began his career with Delmarva Power. Joe retired from Delmarva Power after 27 years of dedicated service. He loved spending time and traveling with his family and close friends. He was also an avid sports and music fan. Joe was very proud of his military service.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Charles and Julia Fritz; brothers-in-law, Charles and Gerald Fritz; and niece, Carrie Pepper. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, June (Fritz) Kopec; children, Julie Wierzbicki (Dan) and Joseph Kopec, III (Carly); grandchildren, Colin, Amelia, Chloe, Noah, and Gracie; and a niece and nephews.
All services will be held privately.
Flowers are welcome, or memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or online by clicking here.