Lebanon Reporter


September 3, 2013

Richard Copenhaver

Richard Copenhaver, 85, of Mechanicsburg and formerly of Jackson Township, died Aug. 31, 2013, at Mulberry Health and Retirement Community. He was born on July 4, 1928, in Boone County, and he was the last surviving child of John and Mae (Gibbs) Copenhaver. He was a graduate of Jackson Township High School, near Antioch. Mr. Copenhaver built the first restaurant in Mechanicsburg. He owned and operated eight Sadies BBQ Restaurants, and was a general contractor and a sales representative for Top Construction. He retired and had lived in Florida for more than 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. Survivors include three sons, Richard Bruce (Pam) Copenhaver of Indianapolis; Michael Ray (Paula) Copenhaver of Kingman; and Mitchell (Wendy) Copenhaver of Sullivan; four daughters, Rebecca Rose (Fred) Fox of Mulberry; Barbara Hook of Indianapolis; Shelley Helmerick of Fishers; and Kathryn (Kevin) Melton of Newburg; 29 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St, Frankfort. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mounts Runn Cemetery, east of Lebanon. Memorial donations may be made to the Mulberry Health and Retirements Community. Online condolences may be made at goodwinfuneralhome.com.

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