Richard Copenhaver

August 31, 2013

Richard Copenhaver 85, formerly of Jackson Township and Mechanicsburg resident, died at 9:30 p.m. August 31, 2013 at Mulberry Health and Retirement Community. Born July 4, 1928 in Boone County, IN, the last surviving child of John & Mae (Gibbs) Copenhaver. He was a graduate of Jackson Township High School, near Antioch, IN. Mr. Copenhaver built the first restaurant in Mechanicsburg. He owned and operated eight Sadies BBQ Restaurants, was a general contractor and a sales representative for Top Construction. He retired and had lived in Florida for over 30 years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge where he was a Golden Eagle and a member of Sertoma Club. He loved to travel and helping others.

Visitation and Services

Friends may visit 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mounts Runn Cemetery, east of Lebanon, IN. Memorial donations may be made to the Mulberry Health and Retirement Community.

Survived by:

3 Sons: Richard Bruce (Pam) Copenhaver of Indianapolis, Michael Ray (Paula) Copenhaver of Kingman, Mitchell (Wendy) Copenhaver of Sullivan, 4 Daughters: Rebecca Rose (Fred) Fox of Mulberry, Barbara Sue Hook of Indianapolis, Shelley Helmerick of Fishers, Kathryn (Kevin) Melton of Newburg, 29 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

5 brothers and 3 sisters.


11 Condolences for “Richard Copenhaver”

  1. Barbara Sue September 2, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I sure will miss you Daddy. God answered our prayers so you would not suffer! Love, Barbara Sue

  2. Ron Sukenick. September 2, 2013 at 2:37 am

    What a great man.
    The world is a better place as a result of what he has done. I wish I had met him.

  3. Jarmila Smith September 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Sorry to see of your dad’s passing Isn’t it ironic that you just introduced me to him a few weeks at the Southfork? Remembering you and your family in my prayers.

  4. MHRC Kitchen September 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    We are so sorry for Richard’s loss. We always enjoyed his great sense of humor and loved his hat and sunglasses everyday in the dining room. God bless you and your entire family at this time!
    -Brenda, Elizabeth & Sarah

  5. June and Don Daprato September 3, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I am so sorry about your dad. As you already know, he is in such a better place now. We were not only neighbors, we were also friends if Gerry could only write a book but nothing lasts forever. Our memories and pictures save us, we will see you Wednesday, love to all.

  6. Charlotte Carlson September 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Becky & Family,
    I am sorry for you and your family’s loss. He was a good guy. Always enjoyed his good spirit. He always made me smile. Enjoyed him being the supervisor during exercise. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. He will be missed. The last thing he said to me was, “I am okay!” I know he is. Sincerely – Charlotte

  7. Anita Fouse, LPN September 4, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Becky & family,
    “….be not afraid….I go before you always, Come, follow Me…and I will give you rest…” These words from the hymn “Be Not Afraid”, have comforted me many times. Richard rests in the warmth of the Son…breathes unlabored in our Father’s eternal home. May you find peace and comfort in the unfailing love of our Creator. I miss him sooo much already…he truly made a difference in my life. I loved him unconditionally…and I know he felt that. I know you share many wonderful memories…God blessed you to truly know and love him. He leaves his footprints behind but no longer labors for his breath…no more wheelchairs or EasyStands. May the Almighty bless and comfort you and yours~~~

  8. Rachel Millikan September 4, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Becky and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy and I always enjoyed his company. I will miss sitting and talking with him at breakfast and giving him his ride back home. We will all miss him dearly. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Rachel

  9. Greg Copenhaver September 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Uncle Dick left more than just a legacy. He left us memories. What I remember most was he was constantly smiling and laughing and i never heard anyone say anything bad about him. I am on the road and unable to attend but rest assured Uncle Dick is at home now and someday we will see him again.

  10. Diane Karski September 5, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Shelley and family so very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Know that he lived a very good life and hoping you all can embrace on the wonderful memories.

  11. Bob and Cindy Keyes September 7, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Bruce and family, we are sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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