Michael B. Copley

Michael B. Copley, 69, passed away suddenly Tuesday evening, July 5, at home in Eagle Point. He was born August 30, 1941 in Goldendale, Washington, and resided in Waldport until 1952, when the family moved to Medford. He attended Washington School, McLaughlin Junior High and North Medford High School. He was first employed at Becks, Flurers and Williams Bakery in Medford and at West Main Rental. He spent the next 30 years at Rogue Valley Plywood-Boise Cascade, retiring in 2003.

Mike was the original “greaser.” He loved fast cars and never seemed to own one more than two years in a row, always looking for something faster, “funner” and hotter. After retirement, he spent time restoring his ‘67 Chevy pickup. On weekends he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Nelda, looking for yard sales and occasionally taking his latest hot rod to a car show or two.

Although at times he seemed to be gruff and tough, he was a complete marshmallow and would grin from ear-to-ear anytime one of his kids or grandkids stopped to visit, especially when one of the boys needed advice or help with car projects.

He will especially be missed during the holidays as in his later years he stepped out of the traditional role and took charge of cooking the holiday dinners. It as quite a site to see this big, strong man fiddling around the kitchen to create a meal for his family.

An avid TV watcher and reader, Mike was often quoted as saying, “no one ever died being a couch potato.” The family is proud to say that holds true.

Michael is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nelda Webb Copley; son, Michael Scott (Raeleen) of Grenada, Calif.; daughters, Lisa Bessey (Jason), Eagle Point, Kimra Keaton (Dennis) of Prineville, and Michelle Keith (Jeff) of Middleburg, Fla.; step-sons, Brett Kerr (Cheryl) of Gold Beach and Bryce Kerr (Melissa) of Eagle Point; grandchildren, Justin, Nick, Jamie, Jennifer, Matthew, Amanda, Chelsea, Bryce, Kaydee, Wyatt, Cody and Jessie and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathy Marshall and a brother, Pat Copley (Dee), numerous nieces and nephews, three dogs, a cat and an old friend that he dearly loved, Larry Woolsey, of Shady Cove.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Zimmerlee Copley and his parents, Ira and Lorraine Copley.

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