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Andrew Tyler “Drew” Sopoci

January 7, 2018

Maple Hill—Andrew Tyler “Drew” Sopoci, 18, was killed in an auto accident near Alma Sunday, January 7, 2018.

He was born on November 20, 1999 in Manhattan.  He was the son of Dustin and LaDonna Pageler Sopoci.

Drew attended Maple Hill Grade School, Paxico Middle School and Wabaunsee High School before transferring to St. Mary’s High School his sophomore year. Drew was a senior at St. Mary’s High and was attending Washburn Technical College where he was studying welding.  He had worked the past several summers with his dad, Dusty, at Country Carpets and was currently working at Baskin Robins near Maple Hill.  Drew was an avid hunter and loved to fish.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Randy Sopoci, and a cousin, Hailey Sopoci.

Survivors are his parents Dusty and LaDonna of the home; his sister, Kylee, of the home; maternal grandparents, Dean Pageler, Maple Hill, Sandra and Robert Weixelman, Liberty, MO; paternal grandparents, Donna and Gary Krohn, Wheaton.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018 at the St. Mary’s United Methodist Church.  Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.  Drew will lie in state and the family will receive friends Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at Piper Funeral Home in St. Mary’s.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew Tyler Sopoci Memorial Fund and sent in care of the funeral home.  To leave an online condolence please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.



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28 thoughts on “Andrew Tyler “Drew” Sopoci

  1. Dear Dusty, LaDonna, and Kylee,

    Our hearts break with yours over the loss of Andrew. Though we’ve never met, Providence has united us in the cross of grief. We mourn with you and pray for all of you.

    The Family of Daniel McDonald (+9/16/2018)

  2. My heart goes out to you as I lost my only brother in an accident in 1998. Like Andrew, my brother loved hunting,attended technical school, and was a quiet, respectful person. It takes time, but my family and I continue to find ways to honor his memory.

  3. Dusty & LaDonna: We were so saddened to learn of your son’s accident on Sunday morning. Please know that we are lifting you up in prayer and know that God will be your comfort at this time. God bless you.

  4. We are so very sorry for your loss. Andrew was always the quiet, respectful boy in the backyard- mowing the lawn, chasing around friends or just hanging out. How sorry we are not to have known him better.

    Please be assured of our prayers for all of you.

    God bless,
    Joseph and Catherine Mioni and family

  5. Dear LaDonna, Dusty, and Kylee,
    I was privileged to meet Andrew thru my grandson, Bryce Schultz. The two had a lot of fun together and I think, especially on Halloweens! He was a wonderful young man and he will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and Sympathies to all of you.

  6. I knew Andrew as “Sopoci” as my son Bryan would call him just few times. He was always nice and polite when he came over. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  7. LaDonna, Dusty, Kylee’

    We were heartbroken to hear your news on Sunday. I will always remember him coming over to walk his sister home from school. Also he was a good friend to Jonah. I remember the first time we met was thru Andrew and Jonah on the bus to see The Nutcracker. Remember the good memories and laugh and cry when you need too. There is healing power in tears of grief. We will be praying for you for a long time. Hugs.

  8. Dusty and Ladonna and family. You are on my heart and mind. I hope you find strength in each other and the love from everyone around you.

  9. Dusty, so sorry for your family’s loss! He sounds like an amazing young man and if he was anything like you, I am sure that is true. There are no words for such a loss but I hope that thoughts of seeing each other again in the afterlife bring some comfort. I will be praying for God to bring your family strength and may you be surrounded by family and friends to carry you.

  10. So sorry for your loss. May the love of God comfort you all, during this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers for everyone. God bless.

  11. We are so sorry for this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

  12. Andrew was a dear good friend that I’ll always have, like no other. Heaven is needing more welders, Mr andrew.

    Sincerely, Christopher Akin

  13. Dusty, LaDonna and Kylee- You are in our constant thoughts and prayers. It is so hard when you lose someone you love, but even harder when it is so unexpected. Our hearts ache for your family. May memories help comfort you.
    Wendy, Ty, Allie & Jayla

  14. It’s so sad when someone so young with so much ahead of them are taken away from us. Our only memory of him was just as a very young child, but from what I know of you two he was truly a fine young man and you were very proud of him. Our prayers that you will find comfort in the knowledge that we will all be reunited again someday are with you.

  15. Dear family of Drew,
    We didn’t know Drew, but am so saddened to hear of your loss. Such a fine boy with so many things going for him. He would have had a wonderful future, but God needed him for his plan. Our Children are just loaned to us to care for till they are called to God’s Kingdom. Know that he will always be with you in spirit. We will be praying for your comfort in God. Praise to the Lord.

    Joe & Pauline Conley
    Delia, Kansas

  16. Lord only knows how these things happen ? May the family know our thoughts are with you.Truly another angle in heaven above ! He will be sadly missed by friends & family.

  17. Although Drew and I did not keep in touch as much as I would’ve liked after I moved, I always have and will cherish his friendship. Through our high school sports and in classes, he was like a brother to me. Thoughts and prayers out to the family. Love and miss you brother

  18. Andrew was an amazing person. He knew just what to do to make you smile and laugh. He honestly is the only person I’ve ever known to love besides family. He lives on in my heart. Fly High buddy. I love you and always will

  19. Andrew was a wonderful young man. He will be missed dearly. We’re thinking of your family. Love and prayers.

  20. Dusty, LaDonna & family,
    I have no words to adequately ease your pain however I will keep all of you in my prayers. Although I didn’t know Drew, I’m sure he was a sweet young man with you two as his parents. Prayers for peace.

  21. To Andrew’s Mother and Father and his sister. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. Andrew was a fine young man, very respectful of others in many ways. Our heart breaks for each of you during this most difficult time in your lives. Knowing that someday you will all be reunited again is a small comfort and knowing he is with our Lord Jesus because he was needed for something very special I feel sure is a little larger comfort. I pray you each receive peace and comfort along with understanding from our Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

  22. Thoughts and prayers to the Sopoci Family. Andrew was a fine young man. Andrew was a very respectful student who will be missed dearly. RIP.

  23. Saddened & heartbroken for Andrew’s family & friends. He was a super nice young man. Many prayers for each of you as you grieve & say goodbye to him. You will be dearly missed, Kiddo ❤

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