Copenhaver, John M. (July 28, 1923 - November 30, 1977)

John Copenhaver dies at


Douglas Budget - December 8, 1977

Funeral services for John M. Copenhaver, 54, mill superintendent for Dresser Industries in Greybull, were held Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Basin with Rev. David Anderson officiating. The body was cremated. Atwood Family, Funeral Directors, were in charge of arrangements.

Copenhaver died Wednesday evening at Thermopolis of a massive heart attack while enroute to Colorado.

He was born July 28, 1923 in Douglas, the son of Earl and Florence Copenhaver. He received his education there and graduated from Douglas High School.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and served three years, part of that time in the South Pacific.

He married Carolyn Lee at Rock Springs on Sept. 5, 1949. She preceded him in death in June, 1976. He was also preceded in death by his mother and one sister, Mrs. Arrah Hardy in 1975.

He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1950 and taught in the Greybull school system for one year. He went to work for Dresser Minerals in 1951 at Greybull, for whom he continued to be employed until his death. During his 26 years with Dresser he worked in Iran, Canada, Louisiana and Missouri and returned to Greybull five years ago.

He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Basin; BPO Elks 1431; presently president and a member of Midway Golf and Country Club; a member of Greybull American Legion Post 32; Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce and past president; a member of Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; University of Wyoming Alumni Association; International Association of Turtles and a past member of the Greybull school board.

He is survived by two sons, Forrest J. Copenhaver of Farmington, Mo.; and Jack A. Copenhaver of Copper Mountain, Colo.; one daughter, Mrs. Monty (Dede) Wardell of Greybull; his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Copenhaver and one sister, Mrs Eddie (Rhoda) Moore, all of Douglas, and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be made at the First National Bank in Greybull or Security State Bank in Basin.

Pallbearers were Frank Hinckley, Pat Tomlinson, F.H. Schuyler, Ed Huddleston and Ben Minter of Greybull and Bill Larson of Cody.


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