Kenneth Crandall Cope, 81, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30,
1995, in a nursing home care unit of a Boise veterans hospital
of natural causes.
Kenneth was born June 9, 1914, at Paint Rock, Texas, to
Henry Alexander and Pauline Parks Cope. He enlisted in
the U.S. Horse 7th Cavalry at age 18 in 1934, and served at
Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, until 1937. He then joined
the Army Reserves for two more years.
He married Gladys Mae Butterfield in 1939 at Los
Angeles, Calif. He worked as a welder in the shipyards
during World War II. After the war, he worked as a
cement finisher and carpenter building homes in the Los
Angeles area. He sold his construction interest and
moved his family to Middleton, Idaho, in 1946, and bought a
farm in the Black Canyon Irrigation District.
He farmed and continued to work as a carpenter and
foreman on several construction projects until he retired in
1976, and continued to live in Middleton until he held a farm
sale. In June of 1995 he then took up residence in Boise
with his daughter.
Kenneth enjoyed farming, raising farm animals,
horseback riding, fishing, hunting, traveling, vacation time
spent on the Oregon coast.
He loved his family and grandchildren and kept in close
touch with all of them.
He is survived by a son, Stanley A. Cope and his wife,
Nancy; a daughter, Patsy A. Pedersen and her husband, Stanley
G.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers,
James Daniel and Francis Eugene; his wife, Gladys Mae; and one
son, Kenneth Crandall Jr.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to
the RNs, aides and doctors of the veterans nursing care unit
of the VA Hospital who cared for him the past three years of
his poor health.
He will be remembered for his sharp mental capacity,
even until the end.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3,
1996, at the Middleton Methodist Church. Pastor Lura
Kidner-Miesen will officiate. Inurnment will be in the
Middleton Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction
of Mountain View Funeral Home and Crematory, Boise.
The family requests no flowers. Any memorials may
be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans chapter