Copenhaver, Ross D. (March 4, 1924 - June 18, 1993)

Ross D. Copenhaver

Douglas Budget - June 23, 1993

Memorial services for Ross D. Copenhaver, 69, were held June 22, at the First Methodist Church in Powell, with Rev. Greg Fry of St. John's Episcopal Church officiating.

Mr. Copenhaver died June 18, 1993, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont.

He was born March 4, 1924, in Douglas, the son of Everett and Myrtle M. Copenhaver.

Mr. Copenhaver attended schools in Douglas and then attended college at the University of Wyoming.

He delayed completion of college to serve his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.

After his discharge he returned to the University of Wyoming to complete his law degree, which he received in 1949.

Mr. Copenhaver then passed the bar exam and started practicing law in Wyoming until his retirement in 1989.

He was admitted to practice law before the state courts U.S. District Court, the Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He married Katherine "Kay" Jesmer on Sept. 14, 1948, in Baggs, Wyo.

Mr. Copenhaver was a respected and honored member of the Wyoming Bar with special interests in education and probate law.

He served as a president of the Wyoming State Bar for one year.

He received a special Pro-Bono Award from the Wyoming Bar for his dedicated volunteer service to the public.

His life was dedicated to serving his family, friends and the public.

He was honored to represent the people of Park County when he served in the Wyoming legislature for two terms.

Mr. Copenhaver was a past president and charter member of the Powell Kiwanis Club.

He was presently serving on the Northwest College Foundation Board.

He regularly contributed time and service to the Girl's State activities and he was also active with the Northwest College Debate functions and had been active with the Boy Scouts, 4-H, American Legion, and the Powell Chamber of Commerce.

He was a member of the St. John's Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 30 at Powell, and the Shrine at the Kalif Temple in Sheridan.

Mr. Copenhaver is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kay; three sons and their wives, Ron and Carmia Copenhaver of Laramie; Mark and Ann Copenhaver of Powell; and Tracy and Teresa Copenhaver of Powell; a sister, Mrs. Connie Peetz of Sidney, Neb.; a stepsister, Mrs. Evelyn Peoples of California; six grandchildren, Melissa, Chris, Zac, Sarah, Ryan and Alisa; and several nieces and nephews.

For those who wish, contributions in Mr. Copenhaver's name should be made to the Northwest College Foundation, c/o Northwest College, 231 W. Sixth St., Powell, WY 82435, or to Northern Rockies Cancer Center, P.O. Box 369, Billings, MT. 59103-0369. Flowers of remembrance would equally be appreciated by the family.

The Easton Funeral Home of Powell was in charge of the arrangements.

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