Edgar ‘Ed’ Copeland | PostIndependent.com

Edgar ‘Ed’ Copeland

Edgar “Ed” Copeland passed on to heaven on April 2, 2014, in his home in Rifle, Colorado, at the age of 96.

Ed started Copeland Concrete at the age of 13 with a wheelbarrow and concrete forms he had earned through working for another pre-cast concrete company.

He joined the United States Army in 1941 and was stationed in Florida as a baker. After he finished serving in the army he returned to his concrete business in Denver. He opened a branch of Copeland Concrete in Rifle and traveled between the two locations for many years. He eventually sold the Denver branch to his brother and moved his family to Rifle permanently in 1970.

Ed enjoyed fishing, working, family picnics, church, spending time with his family and sharing his faith.

Ed was born in Denver, Colorado on Oct. 5, 1917, to Edgar and Mary Copeland and was preceded in death by his wife Micki and 6 siblings: Ann, Charles, Clara, Helen, Johnny and Margaret.

He is survived by his siblings Dorothy McDougal and Bob Copeland; his 11 children: Ann, Myrtle, Joe, Jim, Charles, Bill, Betty, Frank, Tony, Tim and Mary; 32 grandchildren, and multitudes of great- and great-great-grandchildren!

Ed was known as a man of great faith, kindness and generosity. His life was transformed by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and that transformation was very apparent during the last half of his life.

A celebration of life will be held at the Assembly of God Church in Rifle on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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