A beloved member of our family. Passed away on January 29, 2020, at the age of 91.
He was a 60 year resident of Prairie Village, KS. He was born August 7, 1928 at Barnes
Hospital in St. Louis, MO and spent his first 6 years in Troy, MO. The family moved from
Troy to Jefferson City, MO.
Bill was a Jefferson City Jay, competing on the football and swimming teams. A strong
University of Missouri Tiger, he graduated in 1950. He was a Captain in the United States
Marine Corp – Parris Island, Camp Lajeune, and a graduate of Quantico.
One of his fondest memories from growing up, were several summers when he would
return to Troy for 2 weeks, to visit his Uncle Albert and Aunt Maude Kuhne. He enjoyed
delivering milk and ice by horse drawn wagon and doing other chores at Kuhne Brothers
Mercantile. They were an important influence on his life.
Bill began his career in sales at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO. That is where he
would meet Dorothy Johnson and they were married in 1955. He went on to spend most of
his career as a residential realtor.
Bill and Dot enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world. Bill’s favorite destination, were
trips to Africa, to see the many interesting sights and wildlife.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lorene Copher, and his older brother
Ralph. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years – Dorothy, and his younger brother Bob of Jefferson
City, MO. His children: Bill Copher of Overland Park, KS, Carolyn Simpson (Jay) of Mission Hills, KS,
and Bob Copher (Beth) of Watersound, FL. Three granddaughters: Kristin, Meg, and Lauren, three
grandsons: Brian, Kevin, and Jack. Two great-granddaughters: Madeline and Emilia.
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