2009-08-20 / Obituaries

David R. Koppenhaver

Clearville, 59

Clearville, died at 11:55 p.m., Monday, August 10, 2009, at UPMC Bedford Memorial.

He was born in Higgins, Pa., on Monday, January 30, 1950, the son of Nancy E. (Ressler) Koppenhaver of Harrisburg and the late Donald F. Koppenhaver.

On August 3, 2002, he married Marcia Dieterle-Koppenhaver. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Matthew, husband of Nadia (Hunt) Koppenhaver, N.J.; a daughter, Kristin Koppenhaver, N.Y.; a sister, Margaret Koppenhaver, Harrisburg; two brothers: Jeffrey Koppenhaver, W.Va., and Andrew Koppenhaver, Harrisburg; and two granddaughters: Mia and Sadie Koppenhaver.

He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam War, stationed at Chu Lai with the MCB7 and Seabee Battalion. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Fleet Marine Combat Insignia Medal.

He entered the Pennsylvania Game Commission Conservation Officer Training School (17th Class) in 1977 and graduated in 1978 and was assigned to Bucks County. He was first commissioned as wildlife conservation officer. He subsequently transferred to Bedford County where he continued his commission as a wildlife conservation officer then land management officer, until his retirement in June 2007. After his retirement, he worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He was affiliated with the St. John's Reformed Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed boating, skiing, wildlife management and he loved the outdoors. He had his pilot's license and enjoyed to fly. He was a member of both the Bedford and Cumberland Vietnam Veterans Association.

A funeral service was held at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Inc., at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2009. Rev. Dr. Paul W. Manuel officiated. Interment was made in Everett Cemetery.

Graveside military honors were conducted by Everett Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to PA Game Commission, Attn.: Budget Office, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Please mark donations with the notation, "In Memory of Mr. David Koppenhaver." These donations will be used for the development of youth hunter and safety education.

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