R. Kenneth Coppage of Pine River recently passed away at home in the loving company of his devoted wife of 57 years and extended family following a lengthy illness. He was born on January 9, 1940, in Texas. Ken was the eldest son of the late Nelle Coppage-Cain. He was a patriotic American and Son of the Republic of Texas who overcame significant challenges in his early life including polio. Ken went on to graduate from Texas A&M and was a veteran of the US Army. After many transfers, Ken’s fruitful career with Eastman Kodak brought the family to Minnesota in 1979 and they fell in love with a lake up north the following summer. Their time in Minnesota enabled them to forge lifelong friendships with their dearest friends. Ken and Sandy dedicated their lives to provide their children with the economic opportunities and privileges that they did not enjoy themselves. He spent his last months in his favorite chair with a spectacular view of his beloved lake.
Ken is survived by his wife, children, numerous grandchildren, and his brothers.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.