Roy Chopek


Roy Chopek Victim of Dread Pneumonia

Roy Chopek, popular Iowa City young man has given his life for his country, in the cause of democracy. Sorrowful word was received by his parents this morning of the brave soldier's sad death February 23, on the Rhine where he was with the American army of occupation. Pneumonia was given as the cause. Roy was a sergeant in the supply company and was an excellent camouflage artist. He was formerly an employee of the Golden Eagle store here but was sent to the company's store in Waukon, Iowa shortly before he entered the service. After a brief training at Camp Green, North Carolina, he sailed for France where he landed April 15, 1918. He was in five of the hardest battles of the war, escaping unscathed only to become a victim of disease. Only two days ago a card was received by relatives in this city dated February 9 and stating that the writer was in good health.

The young soldier is survived by his grief stricken father, John Chopek of this city and brothers, Leo and Carl, and sisters, Helen and Henrietta. Besides these, a number of other close relatives live in Iowa City. The whole community which has been so proud of the achievement of the young man in the great war will be bowed in sorrow for one of its brave warriors dead. His memory will always be reverenced with those of the other men who have made the supreme sacrifice for their native land.

~Iowa City Citizen, March 7, 1919


-transcribed and Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall for Iowa in the Great War
Iowa GenWeb County Coordinator, Allamakee, Clayton, Winnebago counties
Iowa Old Press IAGenWeb Special Project Co-coordinator