Copenhaver, Earl Jackson (September 27, 1894 - December 14, 1983)

Earl Copenhaver services held

Dec. 17

Douglas Budget - December 22, 1983

Earl J. Copenhaver, age 89, passed away Dec. 14, 1983 at the Converse County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Earl Jackson Copenhaver was born Sept. 27, 1894 in Pawnee City, Nebraska to Milton and Sadie Copenhaver and was raised and educated there.

On March 18, 1918 he was united in marriage to Florence Marie Martin of Pawnee City. To this union three children were born, Arrah, John, and Rhoda. This same year, they moved to Douglas where Earl had a homestead in the Dry Creek area.

Earl and Florence resided on the homestead for eight years before moving to Douglas where Earl was employed for approximately two years.

At that time Earl went into business for himself, operating the first service station in Douglas, a Texaco station located on the present site of the First National Bank. He continued in that business until January, 1945 when they sold the business and moved to Norco, California.

Upon locating in the southern California town of Norco, Earl opened a hardware and home supply store which they sold in 1948, when Earl went into real estate and insurance business, which he continued to operate until 1956. At that time, Earl was appointed Postmaster of Norco and served in that capacity for nine years, retiring in 1965.

He was again active in the real estate business in Norco until they moved back to Douglas in May of 1970.

During their residency in Norco, Earl and Florence were very active in civic affairs, the church, Chamber of Commerce, and in later years, helped organize a Senior Citizens program there. He also was elected and served a seven year term on the Governing Board of Trustees of the Norco Park and Recreation District of Norco.

During the time Earl lived in Douglas prior to moving to California, he was active in Oddfellows, Kiwanis, and other civic activities, and the church. He also served for several years on the volunteer fire department, served two four year terms on the Douglas City Council in the late 30s and 40s.

Earl was a member of the United Church of Christ, Congregational, the American Legion (he was a Past Commander and life member of Samuel Mares post No. 8), Douglas Senior Citizens, a 62 year consecutive member of Douglas Lodge No. 15 I.O.O.F., 55 year member of Encampment Branch and Past Grand Patriarch of Jurisdiction of Wyoming, I.O.O.F.

On Sept. 27, 1976, Earl married Olga Downs in Douglas.

Survivors include his wife, Olga, daughter, Mrs. Eddie (Rhoda) Moore, both of Douglas, one brother, Everett Copenhaver, Powell; three sisters, Alma Stevens, Douglas, Hazel Ramsey, Hapton, Tennessee, and Pearl Allen, Eugene, Oregon; two step-daughters, Francis Newman Knowles, Tampa, Florida, and Virginia Newman Kennedy of Kansas City, Missouri; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence, one daughter, Arrah Spoeneman Hardy, and his son, John Copenhaver.

Memorial services were held at the Congregational Church in Douglas on Dec. 17, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Robert Nunn officiating. Burial was at the Douglas Park Cemetery in the I.O.O.F. plot.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Vern, Frank and Parker Moore, Joe Spoeneman, Steve Good, and Monty Wardell. Honorary pallbearers were members of the I.O.O.F. Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial of your choice, or to the United Church of Christ, Congregational Building Fund, the I.O.O.F. Lodge, or the Douglas Senior Citizens.


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