Copenhaver, Milton (September 20, 1871 - December 8, 1942)

Milton Copenhaver Dies at

Hospital Tuesday Evening Was Ill Three Months-Funeral Services at Baptist Church Friday Afternoon

Douglas Budget - December 10, 1942

Milton Copenhaver, 71, a resident of Converse county and Douglas for the past 34 years, passed away at the Douglas hospital about 8 o'clock Tuesday evening. He died of cancer. He became ill in September and had been a hospital patient nearly two months. Only the last two days did he suffer any great physical pain.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Baptist church, of which he was an active member, on Friday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, with the Rev. Glenn G. Knight officiating. Pallbearers will probably be R.J. Anthony, Lem Carmin, Cash Wadsworth, John Hildebrand, D.W. Ballard and Roy Harnon. Interment will be in Douglas Park cemetery.

Milton Copenhaver was born on a farm near Spavia, Ill., on September 20, 1871. He was one of a family of ten children. He started west as a young man, locating a while in Iowa and Nebraska and then coming to Wyoming in the spring of 1918.

Upon his arrival in this state he homesteaded on a tract of the Dry Creek community north of Douglas. Here he lived for many years. Later he moved in closer to Douglas, to the Al Hinkle place and in 1933 came to Douglas where he had made his home ever since.

As a resident of Douglas he had been employed on highway construction work, as foreman of a PWA crew for a number of years and as caretaker of the state fair grounds for nearly four years. It was from this latter work that he was forced to retire because of illness.

Resource: "Pages From Converse County's Past"
Published; Heritage Book Committee, Wyoming Pioneer Association, Converse County, Douglas,Wyoming
John R. Pexton, Chairman 1986

Milton Copenhaver's parents -
Taylor O. and Mary E. Ethire Copenhaver.

Mr. Copenhaver was marred to Miss Sadie Ann LeFever at Keota, Ia., in December of 1892. To this union five children were born, all of them surviving. Mrs. Copenhaver passed away about six years ago.

On October 16, 1940, Mr. Copenhaver was married to Mrs. Mable Smith of Douglas at Casper, who survives him.

Left to mourn his loss are his widow; three daughters Mrs. James Stevens of Verse, Mrs. Robert Ramsey of Butler, Tenn., and Mrs. Harvey Allen of Douglas; two sons, Earl J. and Everett T., of Douglas; two brothers, Henry C. of Emmett, Ida., and Porter C. of Dubois, Neb.; a sister, Mrs. John Starr of Nampa, ,Ida.; 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and the following five stepchildren; Mrs. John Ryan and Betty Rae Smith of Douglas, Mrs. Clarence Loomer and Mrs. Gertrude Morgan of Cheyenne, Mrs. Clyde Cundall of Glendo.


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