Carl Copenhaver

Carl Copenhaver, 91, passed away peacefully at Ash Grove Healthcare Center Oct. 28, 2020. He was born July 10, 1929 in Ameagle, W.V. He was the son of the late Georgia (Estep) and Ben Copenhaver. He graduated from Clear Fork High School, in Colcord, W.V. and later Golden State Technologies in California.Copenhaver married Opal (Sullivan) Reed in 1964. He was involved in the electronics industry most of his life, and he was proud that he helped design and build the first multi-layer circuit board for NASA, which was used to fire the re-entry rockets to bring a chimpanzee safely back to Earth. He worked for Litton Advanced Circuitry Division, Solid State Circuits, Dayco, and Positronics Industries. Copenhaver is survived by his sweetheart, Charlene Bowman of Everton, children Jerry Reed and wife, Bonnie of Merlin, Ore., daughter Ginny Cox of Springfield, son Jim Reed and wife, Bonita ofNixa, son Ron Reed of Ash Grove, daughter, Carla O’Marr and husband, James of Bois D’Arc, brother James Copenhaver and sister-in-law, Carolyn of Marietta, Ga., sister-in-law Pat Sullivan of Flat Creek, Tenn., brother-in-law Albert Hurt of Tremont, Ill., sister-in-law Carolyn Hurt of Springfield, and brother-in-law and fishing buddy Doyle Hurt and wife, Mary of Nixa. Carl is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.Copenhaver was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Opal (Sullivan) Copenhaver, parents Ben and Georgia Copenhaver, brothers Alva (Sonny) Osborne, Willard Osborne, Millard Osborne, Joe Osborne, Ray Copenhaver, and sisters, Orpha (Osborne) Dickerson, Delma (Osborne) Btkos, Isabelle (Osborne) Woolsey, and Nina (Copenhaver) Thomas. Visitation will be at Greenlawn Funeral Home North on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1:00 – 2 p.m., with graveside service following at 3 p.m., at Clear Creek Cemetery, Springfield. The family is requiring masks and social distancing at the visitationand are requesting masks be worn at the graveside service.


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