Jan. 3, 1933 – June 26, 2017

Graveside memorial services for Hasty, Colorado, resident, Clarence “Bud” Copess will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Union Valley Cemetery in Hasty, Colorado. Pastor Nathan Gumke will officiate. Military honors provided by VFW Post #2411 and American Legion Post #6.

Bud was born on Jan. 3, 1933, to Clarence A. and Mary (Reed) Copess in Tulia, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January of 1951. He earned the Purple Heart with one star for wounds received in two different battles while engaged in combat against Communist Chinese and North Korean forces during the Korean War. He also earned the Bronze Star with Combat V for his actions against the enemy. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three stars, United Nations Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Bud was honorably discharged in January of 1954.

After his separation from the Marine Corps, he was a truck driver and also worked in maintenance for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the John Martin Reservoir. He enjoyed 63 years of marriage to Beryl Lu (Sheldon) Copess until her passing on May 29, 2015. Bud passed away at the age of 84 on June, 26, 2017, in Lamar, Colorado.

Bud is survived by son, Richard (Kim) Copess of Lamar, Colorado; grandchildren, Katelyn Copess and Richard (Jennifer) Wertz and great-grandchildren, Josiah, Shiloh, and Liberty Grace Wertz; sisters, Flora Ellen Elliott of Amarillo, Texas, and Laura Rogers of Abilene, Texas; brothers, James (Bonnie) Copess of Las Animas, Colorado, and Richard Copess of Minier, Illinois; many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Mary Copess; wife, Beryl Lu Copess; daughter, Connie Lynn Copess; and an infant brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Valley Hospice in care of Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431, Las Animas, CO 81054.