Dayton Copen

Dayton Copen, 87, passed away March 12, 2005, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 16, 1917, at Mineral Wells in Wood County, W.Va., the son of the late Charles Caldwell and Agatha Buck Copen. He was a longtime resident of Wirt County.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre. He made two river crossing, the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers. While crossing the Rhine River in Germany, he was wounded and received the Purple Heart, along with the Combat Infantrymans Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the American Legion Post 55 and the DAV. He retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways in 1979.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Glendine Eakin Copen; his son, James Dayton and wife, Brenda, of Electric, Ala.; his daughter, Debra Corra and husband, Ellis, of Rose Hill, Elizabeth; his stepson, Donald McKibben of Navarre, Fla.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilford and Russell Copen.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with the Rev. Robert Stanley officiating. Burial will be in the K of P Cemetery.