Harold Phillip Kopp

05/31/1941 - 08/16/2018
Service Date: 08/19/2018
Service Time: 1:00 PM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona

Harold Phillip Kopp passed away peacefully on the afternoon of August 16, 2018 being comforted by his family members.  Born in Buffalo NY on May 31, 1941 and a graduate of Hutchinson Technical High School, Harold enjoyed a full life filled with the joy of having friends and family and reveled in his uncanny ability to problem-solve.  He was a proud Navy Veteran and became the youngest licensed U.S. Amateur Radio (HAM) Operator at the age of 9 who today is known by his call sign K7YZ0 all around the world.  Harold was a world renowned electronics engineer known for many of his inventions, registered trademarks and patents including the first electronics surge suppressor (Zap Trap®), voltage line circuit testing devices (SureTest®) and assembly line power reduction intelligence (Motor Miser®).  Though blind for the past 25 years due to cancer surgery, Harold kept busy creating the Tuff Block paving block lighting system and enjoying philanthropy along with participation in his Ham Radio Clubs.   Through his career, Harold was a mentor to many startup business owners and shared his stories of success with others.

Harold is survived by his Daughters Sarah (Sally) LaPorte (Mark), Rosemary Kopp (Job), and Step-Children Theresa Pfaff, Denise Coakley (Dan), Ross Pfaff Jr. (Teresa), Ronald Pfaff Sr. (Tammy), William Jordan Pfaff as well as Grandchildren Cailee Duane, Raymond Duane (Gina), Shelby Platten, Noah Albert and an additional 10 Grandchildren and 17 Great-Grandchildren

Visitation will be Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. with a service at 1:00 P.M. at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Disables American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are suggested.

Condolences

  • May He Rest in Peace He was a old friend and fellow Ham operator

  • Edward J deBuvitz

    So sad to hear of Harry’s passing. I’ve known him since high school.

  • being a Friend of Bud Gooch and Richard Pache, I heard many good things about Harry. We never met in person, but Richard would always hand me the phone when he called to say hello. RIP Harry.

  • It is with great sadness that I heard about the passing of my long time friend Harold Kopp. We first met over 60years ago in high school and have remained in touch over the years. He was a very special and loyal friend and will be missed by his many friends who were privileged to have known him.

  • Rest well, my friend. We will miss your unconquerable spirit your sense of humor and your great love and respect for humanity.

  • Another of Harry’s ham radio friends, I got to know him only four years ago when I moved to the valley. Over many lunches, we became “good buddies,” and reaffirmed that relationship many times, the last time being only two days before his passing. His sharp intellect and keen sense of humor will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is continue on after the loss of a loved one, but please be assured that Jehovah God is aware of what you’re feeling. Psalm 34:18 states “God is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit”. God can and will provide you with the comfort & strength to endure during these difficult times. God promises us that there will be a resurrection, that will take place after he does away with death once and for all time. (Rev 21:4 & John 5:28-29) Then we will never have to experience the pangs of death ever again. I pray these words and scriptures brings you comfort.

  • Chuck W7CBR & Sue W7SKH

    We will miss Harry’s generous good wishes every time we talked. He was a great benefit to the electronics and radio community. We appreciate Harry’s care and concern for veterans and service people. RIP

  • What wonderful support he gave at the SunLife Amateur Radio Club “educational fund” and many input problem solving ideas he could share at the weekly meetings. His silent key will long be remembered.

  • WoW what an accomplished man. I would love to have known Harry sooner than I did. He was always a supporter of veterans. CADXA Club meetings will not be the same. Harry it was my pleasure to know you, be at peace.

  • Jaime Sanchez KA3NCR

    R.I.P. my friend.

  • So long old friend.

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