Kenai resident Christopher Gene Copple died Friday, July 30, 2004, from injuries sustained in a airplane accident near Kustatan. He was 43.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai.
Mr. Copple was born Aug. 1, 1960, in Vancouver, Wash. In 1978, he began traveling to Alaska, where he fished and also helped build his aunt and uncle's house. He became a resident of Kenai in 1984. After moving to Kenai, he worked for Agrium at the Nikiski plant. He was a plant supervisor at the time of his death.
Mr. Copple was a member of the Catholic Church. He also enjoyed hunting, flying, fishing, landscaping, spending time with his family and attending his children's sporting events.
"Love of family and life best describes Chris. I know of no one with more heart or desire to make the lives of those around him more enjoyable and fulfilling. The love he has for his family is unmeasurable and never ending. It is my hope that all of us in some way will take a piece of our memories and experiences of Chris to make our lives better. We love you and miss you," his brother, Mathew, said.
Mr. Copple was preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin Copple.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary Copple of Kenai; son, John Ryan Copple of Kenai; daughters, Devon and Molly Copple of Kenai; his parents, George M. and Rebecca Copple of Ariel, Wash.; sisters, Margaret Doughty of Vancouver, Wash., and Linda Jewell of San Francisco; brothers, George A. Copple of Ariel, Douglas Copple of Portland, Ore., Mathew Copple of Kenai, and Ryan Copple of Vancouver; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would prefer that memorial donations be made to an educational fund set up for the children at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, account No. 1158727.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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