Hurschel K. Coppinger

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Hurschel K. Coppinger passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the family home in Cortez. He was 91.

Hurschel was born to Thomas and Floy Coppinger in Cortez on Dec. 31, 1920.

Hurschel graduated from Cortez High School in 1938 and then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He received an honorable medical discharge in 1943. He married Chloris Cox of Arriola on May 3, 1942 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Hurschel worked on the family farm, and was in the dry cleaning business in Cortez and Dolores. He was in partnership with George Livingston in the El Paso Service Station in Cortez. He owned Hurschel’s Tune Up Shop until he retired. After retirement, he enjoyed helping son Gary on the family farm.

He was a member of the Cortez Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years and was fire chief for three years. Hunt Zumwalt baptized Hurschel on April 2, 1998.

Surviving Hurschel are his wife of 69 years, Chloris — they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary on May 3; and his two children, Gary Eugene Coppinger and wife Mary Ellen, and daughter Suzanne Martin, all of Cortez. He is also survived by grandchildren Gregory Martin of Lubbock, Texas, Kendra Carroll and husband Jeff of San Antonio, Texas, Shane Coppinger and wife Nora of Cheyenne, Wyo., Susan Holland and husband Brett of Windsor, Colo.; great-grandchildren, William Coppinger, Meagan Cardenas and husband Tony, Nicholas Coppinger, Jaesei Carroll, Zakhery Carroll, Zakhiah Carroll, Jackson Holland; his sister, Betty Wiley of Antimony, Utah; sisters-in-law, DeLouris Tozer, Doreen Livingston and husband George; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas A. and Floy Coppinger, brother Doyle Coppinger, sister Boneva Hall, and son-in-law Kenneth Martin.

Burial was held at the Cortez Cemetery on March 31, 2012. Contributions in his name may be made to the Cortez Church of Christ.