Carol A. Copple

Carol A. Copple

December 10, 1934 - February 7, 2018

Carol A. Copple, 83, a long-time Loveland resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at her home. Her family was by her side when the heavenly Father took her hand from us.

There was no stopping her once she set her mind on a goal. She used this same courage and determination in her fight against cancer, which she battled nonstop for six years.

She will be missed by all who knew her sunny optimism and her ability to listen when someone needed an understanding friend.

She was born at noon Dec. 10, 1934, near Gowrie, Iowa, on the farm of her Swedish immigrant grandparents to Carl Adolph and Nora Anderson.

Carol  graduated from Rockwell City High in Rockwell City, Iowa, in 1952, after which she attended Gale School in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn how to work in the railroad industry. She finished at the top of her class and began working for the Santa Fe Railroad in Barstow, California.

After deciding that she needed to be closer to her aging parents, so she moved to Colorado, which was halfway closer to Iowa. The Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Loveland hired her as an operator. She married Glenn E. Orr in 1953 and the couple had a daughter, Becky. They later divorced and she married Horace C. Copple in 1963. They had a daughter, Heidi.

 Carol worked more than 30 years each for Public Service Co. of Colorado, which she called  her dream job. While there, she volunteered to create a wellness program for the company’s northern division.

Horace and Carol retired in 1994 and traveled in their fifth-wheel trailer. Eventually, they bought a cabin in Branson, Mo., and enjoyed every minute there.

Carol volunteered with several organizations during her lifetime. She joined Trinity Lutheran Church nearly 65 years ago and served as a member of church council, the worship and music committee and other committees.  She collected recipes from church members and compiled them into a cookbook that was sold to raise money for church needs.

She also was the District 9 President of Credit Women International, a volunteer tenure that included frequent trips to clubs across the western United States. She was active in the local CWI club, too.

She loved to exercise and until recently, walked nearly three miles a day – without fail, accompanied by her husband Horace.  They rode their outdoor bicycles daily for at least seven miles, too. She rode her indoor bicycle about 23 miles a day until a few months ago.

Carol is survived by her husband, Horace who is her beloved rock and caretaker; two daughters, Heidi (Glenn) Padilla of Ault, Colo.; and Becky Orr of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a granddaughter, Rachel Padilla of Ault (who is her pride and joy); three sisters-in-law, Barbara Melton, Myrta (Larry) Melton, all of Loveland; and Doris Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; an uncle, Gloyd Crandall of San Diego, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Carl Anderson; and two sisters, Bernice Hoke and Norma (Bruce) Fuller.

Service Information

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3333 N. Duffield Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways of Northern Colorado, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, Colo., 80525, or the charity of choice.


I am so sorry for your loss. Carol was a treasure and I was blessed to work with her at the LOVELAND Public Service office for nearly 10 years. -Stacia Morley

God rest your soul, dear Carol. I loved you and I'll miss you. You were a dear friend! May God bless and comfort your family. -Harriett McMillen

There are not enough words to express our sympathy for the loss of Carol. She was an amazing woman...a true force of nature! She was kind and compassionate while being tough and strong. She always seemed to be on a mission. She and Horace were a huge part of our Home Moraine family. There are so many happy memories of those days that will always be among the highlights of our life. We will miss Carol very much. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.-Judy and David Weitzel

Worked with Carol for many years and I truly admired her honesty, strength and commitment to her job, family and friends. In some dark times in my life she was always there with support, advice and comfort. I will never forget you Carol, God Bless you and your family. - Dick Ogle

Dear Horace and family, I was soooo saddened to read of Carol's passing. I only knew you both through our daily walks at Boyd Lake State Park, and our many cancer discussions over the last several years. It has been a blessing to get to know you. Carol was a "force of nature" as many have said. I hope she is at peace, and I hope you can find comfort in the joy of your many happy memories of life together. Blessings to your family! - Cindy Furst​​​​​​​

Becky, I'm so sorry to read of the loss of your mom. No matter how long we have had them, we are never ready for this. Here is a poem I found very comforting when I lost my own mom. You may already be familiar with it. I Am Standing Upon the Seashore- Author: Henry Van Dyke I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud, just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" "Gone where?" Gone from my sight. That is all.She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"And that is dying.​​​​​​​ -Gayle Roslund

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