George W. Kopf, 81, of Media, a retired Boeing engineer, died of cancer March 24 at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Kopf graduated from the Thaddeus Stevens Trade School in Lancaster. During World War II, he served as a gunner's mate aboard the destroyer USS Jouett, supporting troop landings in the Normandy invasion and subsequent action in northern France.

After his discharge, he married Evelyn Werhel, who also grew up in the Cabbage Hill section of Lancaster, and he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Purdue University.

He and his wife moved to Media when he joined Boeing as a metallurgical engineer. He retired in 1988.

As a young man, Mr. Kopf was a talented fisherman. Later in life, he and his wife enjoyed birding all over the United States and especially while vacationing in Pine Creek, Pa., and on the coast of Maine.

Mr. Kopf painted with watercolors and was active with the Wallingford Community Art Center. He also was a docent at the Brandywine River Museum.

He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Kistler; sons George Jr., Thomas, Stephen and Jon; two brothers; and a grandson. His wife died in 1998.

A Memorial Mass was said April 14 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Lancaster.