James  Copenhaver

James Michael "Mike" Copenhaver

Wednesday, September 26th, 1951 - Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
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James Michael Copenhaver, 68, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on October 15, 2019. Cremation is planned with a memorial service to be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m., until service time Thursday at the chapel. Mike was born September 26, 1951 in Independence, Missouri, to Bob and Juanita Copenhaver. He graduated from Fort Osage High School in 1969 where he played baseball, football, and ran track. He then attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting in 1973. Mike began his career at Montgomery Ward where he spent 26 years as a retail operations executive. Over the next 12 years of his career, he held various executive level positions at Eye Care Centers of America in San Antonio, TX, and EZ Corp in Austin, TX. He concluded the remaining 8 years of his career at TBC Corporation working out of San Antonio, TX where he was a Corporate Trainer and Safety Manager. Mike was passionate about analyzing the world around him with numbers. He loved to help people view everyday life through a mathematical lens and believed everyone was capable of discovering a love and appreciation for Math. Mike was a sports fanatic, legendary storyteller, tremendous arm wrestler, and a stranger to no one. He always demonstrated how proud he was of every member of his entire family, and he was a constant reminder of what it means to be committed. Mike was an all around extraordinary spouse, son, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to all. Mike was preceded in death by his father Bob Copenhaver, and his brother Steve Copenhaver. Mike is survived by his mother Juanita Copenhaver, wife Donna Copenhaver, son David Copenhaver, daughter Aimee Kelly, sister Patricia Jackson, brother Bob Copenhaver, grandchildren Luke and Maddie Kryszewski, nieces Emily Mackie, Valerie Bujak, Audrey Copenhaver, and nephew Steve Copenhaver Jr.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 10:00am
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial service.
  • Interment


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Midge Reichert

Posted at 01:58pm
I worked with Mike at TBC Corporation in the Learning & Development department. He was so gracious and helpful to me when I first started at the company and enjoyed our exchanges through email and when he came to the corporate offices. I will miss him greatly.

Alaina Cortese

Posted at 05:00pm
I worked with Mike at TBC Corporation in the Safety Department the last few months since I started. Mike was a wonderful coworker, and he always went out of his way to ensure you understood what he was saying. He was a genius with numbers, and you can tell he was always excited to hear to you when you called. He will be missed.

Tanya Butler

Posted at 07:27pm
Sorry for your loss! Hertz-Charlotte N.C Prayers for all the family!

Carla Yarnell Posted at 09:47am

Dearest Donna, David, Aimee, Juanita, and all the Copenhaver family, The Busby's and Yarnell's send their Love and Deepest Condolence's to all of you. Mike will forever remain close in our hearts and fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you always, and we so share in your grief. God Bless, Love, Carla Yarnell

Aimee Kelly

Posted at 04:54pm
I love you, Dad. I’ve been playing Chicago for the past few days now. Every time I play “25 or 6 to 4,” I can feel you with me. Words will never be able to describe how very much I love and miss you. I’ll miss your jokes, goofy sense of humor, voice, and I’ll always remember how you used to call me A Train. You are the reason I work so hard today.

Emily Mackie

Posted at 12:50pm
Uncle Mike was absolutely the best bear hugger and storyteller. We will miss the way his warmth and laughter filled the room at holiday gatherings. I will tell all of your stories to my children, maybe not as well as you did, but in that way you will live on. All my love Donna, David, and Aimee.

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