Jim was born in Ortonville Minn., to the late George Washington Copple and Catherine Rena Heinzen. He was accompanied into life with his twin sister, June, and also had six other siblings. During the great depression, his father moved the family to Oregon in search of work. He eventually secured a job with BPA.
During his father’s employment with BPA, the family moved to Grand Coulee, Wash., which is where Jim attended high school. He lettered in 4 sports. Jim then enlisted in the Army where he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers and acquired his “master jump wings.” He was eventually stationed at Ft. Bragg North Carolina where he met his soon to be wife, Hilda May Grant.
They had three children: Rena, Jim Jr., and Debbie. They relocated to The Dalles, Ore., where Jim later became a Police Officer. Jim later went on to work for several area ranches in both Washington and Central Oregon specializing in horse training.
Jim later retired to the Madras/Redmond area and was living with his daughter Debbie in Redmond at the time of his death. He passed very peacefully, at home surrounded by family.
Jim enjoyed fishing, animals, family, traveling with his nephew Tommy from California, and was content with just spending time with friends. He was an avid vegetable gardener in the Central Oregon area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Mattie, Kathryn, Rachel, and one brother, George. He is survived by his children: Rena Hunley (Greg) of The Dalles, Ore., Jim Jr. of Walla Walla, Wash., Debbie Copple of Redmond, Ore., and three grand children,
Mikayla Copple, Andy Hunley and Geoff Hunley and many nieces and nephews as well as two sisters, Barbara Russell of Boardman, Ore., Willie Ball of Jefferson, Ore., and his twin sister June Gordon of Monmouth, Ore.
“NOT GONE, JUST WAITING PATIENTLY AT THE END OF THE TRAIL.”
HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.
There will be two events that will celebrate his life:
JUNE 13th at 1:00 at the Desert Inn in Madras (Metolius).
JULY 18th at the Riverfront Park in The Dalles.
Please call his daughter, Debbie with any questions at 541-923-3524.
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