Carroll “ Ray” Copenhaver, 66 years, of Rising Sun, MD passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 12, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. Born March 7, 1953 in Havre de Grace, MD, he was the son of late Elbert (Sonny) Melville and Patricia Ann McIntyre Copenhaver.
Ray is survived by his wife Vicki Lynn Fair Copenhaver, who he married September 1973 in Elkton, Maryland. Ray is survived by two daughters; Jennifer Lynn Murr (W. Dewey Murr) of Colora, and Vera Ann Westerinen of Perryville; brother, Dan Copenhaver and sister Elinor Copenhaver. Ray adored his five grandchildren; J.R. Buchanan (Ray’s –“Bubba”), John Alan Westerinen, Michael Ray Westerinen, K. Grace Murr, and Jackson Murr. In addition to his immediate family, Ray cherished the relationships of his many aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and in-laws.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his brother “Buddy” Copenhaver.
Ray graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1971. He worked as a diesel mechanic and later in the transportation industry driving for companies such as Lease-Way, Robbins, Van-dyke Trucking, A. Duie Pyle, PFG, Penske, and Chrome Depository. Later Ray worked in the warranty department for Rollins Truck Leasing. Ray received many awards for safe driving. He loved trucking and returned to the road driving for M. Madic.
Ray was a lifelong resident of Cecil County. Full of life and ornery, Ray did not know a stranger. Ray loved children and enjoyed the holidays when his family was together. Ray enjoyed working in his yard and his neighbor’s yards, attending auctions, being a handyman, and helping people.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11AM at Janes United Methodist Church in Rising Sun, Maryland. Visitation for family and friends will be held
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10AM until 11AM at the church prior to the service. Rev. Beth Thomas from West Nottingham Presbyterian Church will officiate.
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