Allen "Gene" Eugene Copen, Sr. of Kingwood passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2020 at Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Kingwood, WV.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth "Libby" Ann (Davis) Copen, his parents, Clarence A. Copen and Mabel (Braham) Copen, two sisters, Nancy J. Copen and Janice F. "Fay" (Copen) Bishop, and a grandson, Patrick A. Copen.
He is survived by his son, Allen Eugene Copen, Jr. and wife, Vicki L. Copen of Williamstown, WV; three grandchildren, Melissa "Missy" Copen of Morgantown, Scott Copen of Bruceton Mills, and Jessica Copen of Williamstown; five great grandchildren, Gary Clements, Jr., Adriana Copen of Morgantown, and Trent, Wyatt and Levi Copen of Bruceton Mills; his brother, Glenn Copen, Sr., and his sister Christine Copen, both of Kingwood. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gene was an avid outdoorsman; he loved to hunt, fish, and camp during his younger years. His love of the outdoors was graciously passed on to his son and grandchildren. He shared countless memorable experiences with his family and friends in the outdoors. He was a great storyteller and loved to share about his many adventures.
Gene served the Preston County community in numerous capacities during his lifetime. He was one of the founders of the KAMP ambulance service in Kingwood in 1972 and continued to serve for several years. Gene served as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 81 in Kingwood for many years and was an active member of the Kingwood chapter of the Kiwanis Club. He was also a long time member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Kingwood. Gene worked for Browning Funeral Home in Kingwood for 46 years before retiring in 1993. Later, he moved to Cuzzart, WV, where he lived until entering Pine Ridge. As his final act of community service, Gene elected to donate his body to the Human Gift Registry.
A memorial service will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Kingwood at 1 pm on Saturday, January 11, 2020 with Reverend Michael Argabrite officiating.
Memorial donations, in Gene’s memory, may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Williamstown Relay for Life, 3508 Staunton Avenue, Third Floor, Charleston, WV 25304, In Memory of Allen Eugene Copen, Sr. or WV Caring, PO Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520-0760.
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