Bruce J. Scopel, 81 of Benld, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield on Sunday, December 27, 2020, at 12:17 a.m. He was born on July 13, 1939, in Chicago to Victor Scopel and Blanche (Brusockus) Scopel. He married Mary Ann (Pickerill) Cherry Scopel on June 8, 1996, in Benld.
He was a retired engineer for AT&T. Bruce was a member of the CFU Lodge 217 of Benld. He was a veteran of the US Army.
He is survived by his spouse, Mary Ann Scopel of Benld; children, David (Lyn) Scopel of NJ and Tracy (Martin) Toy of TN; step children, Bill (Florence) Cherry of Gillespie and Melanie (Mark) Quarton of Palmyra; grandchildren, Jaclyn, Brian, and Andrew; and step-grandchildren, Katrina, Nicholas, Adam, Sean, Trent, Brett, Andy, Joshua and Kendra.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; step-sons, Don Cherry and Jon Cherry; and step-mother, Lucy Scopel.
Friends may call on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Church in Benld from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Funeral mass will follow on Thursday at the church with Father Michael Haag officiating. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Gillespie – Benld Area Ambulance Service or Kidney Foundation. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.