In Memory

Charles Popejoy - Class Of 1930

 Charley Popejoy, 90, of Wheaton, Ill., formerly of Delphi, died April 15, 2002, at his home.
  One of 11 children of a tenant farmer, he was raised in Delphi, where he distinguished himself at Delphi High School in basketball and track.  He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and was a nationally rated high school mile runner.
  The only one of his siblings to attend college, he graduated from Purdue University.  He went to John Marshall Law School in Chicago, paying his way by working in the Union Stockyards.  In 1939, he received his license to practice law and went to work for the Chicago Motor Club.  His time there was interrupted by World War II.  He served as a first sergeant and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge.
  After the war, he returned to Chicago and resumed his work at the motor club.  In 1950, he went to work with his brother-in-law, Gates Clancy.  He soon branched out on his own, opening a firm in Glen Ellyn.  Six of the lawyers in his firm, including his son, went on to become judges.
  Mr. Popejoy was a former president of the DuPage County Bar Association.  In the early 1980s, he was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission as a hearing officer and served until the end of that decade.
  He is survived by his wife, Jutta Tschopp-Popejoy; a son, Ken Popejoy, a daughter, Patricia McKinney; a brother, Walter Popejoy of Whitehall, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Leah Secrist Popejoy.  No services were held, at his request.
Obituary notice taken from the Carroll County Comet, Wednesday, May 8, 2002